Under the direction of new coach Florian Kohfeldt, VfL Wolfsburg won straight away, winning three times in a row. After the recent weak performances and mixed results, Saturday against Borusia Dortmund (3:30 p.m., LIVE! On the kicker) it is the return to the recipe for success.
Wolfsburg coach Florian Kohfeldt wants to get back to success. images imago / regios24
Bare facts read well. VfL Wolfsburg occupy 6th place in the championship and are only one point behind the Champions League standings, and advancement in the premier class before the last group match against OSC Lille on December 8 is in your hands. A victory and Lower Saxony find themselves in the second round of this competition for the second time in the club’s history. Sporting director Marcel Schäfer can rightly say: “We are still on the right track.
It is in the nature of things that it sometimes gets a little bumpy on this path to become a permanent national top talent and a permanent representative on the international stage. DFB-Pokal-Aus in the first round of regional league team Preußen Münster after embarrassing mistake and early admission that he was wrong with Mark van Bommel when looking for a coach are among them . The focus is now on development under the leadership of his successor Florian Kohfeldt.
The balance is still lacking
And the question of how VfL managed to be stable defensively under the 39-year-old and still cause much more danger than before. In the last games against Augsburg (1: 0), Bielefeld (2: 2) and Sevilla (0: 2), there were more stages of the match that left question marks than minutes in the course of from which it became clear how Kohfeldt imagines it. The coach, who had no summer preparation with his team and was barely able to transport content to the training ground due to the English weeks and international matchmakers, must necessarily be patient with his team’s progress. First of all, he says, it’s important to increase the likelihood of getting good results. “We will mainly be focusing on the first week again.”
Stability and intensity were the hallmarks of Kohfeldt’s first days at Wolfsburg, his move to 3-4-3 brought the desired effect. “We must find the keys we had there as quickly as possible and not think too much about how we are going to evolve”, underlines Kohfeldt, in reference to the order he put in place when he took over. function end of October. “The most important thing is always that we get the intensity and stability against the ball. It’s deep inside this team.” At the same time, he is “putting in place offensive solutions in this team”. So far, this has not been successful enough. And this is an indication that under van Bommel precious time has been lost in the preparation and in the first weeks of the season.
The most important thing is always that we get the intensity and stability against the ball.
With 14 goals in twelve games, VfL are in the bottom third of the table in terms of number of hits, and that needs to be improved. “I don’t like it either,” said Kohfeldt, who has been through stages like last weekend in Bielefeld, where his side almost turned a 2-0 win into a win, but also conveyed the certainty that his team had that offensive spirit. He needs to tickle this more consistently without losing defensive control.
A win against BVB would create a connection with the top group
Best of all on Saturday against Borussia Dortmund. With a win, VfL can close the gap with BVB to four points. The defeat in Seville, Kohfeldt believes, will leave no mark. “There is no reason to lower your head.” Despite all the problems, VfL is just too good for it.