VFL Wolfsburg

"Raised the bar"

03.12.2017
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The reactions from the coaches following the Green-Whites 3-0 win.

The moods of the two coaches could hardly have been more opposing following VfL Wolfsburg’s 3-0 win over Borussia Mönchengladbach. Whilst Fohlen coach Dieter Hecking bemoaned particularly the first 20 minutes, whilst VfL head-coach Martin Schmidt, praised his men, who picked up where they left off in their last home game against SC Freiburg and showed a reaction to the defeat at FC Augsburg.

Dieter Hecking: "First of all, I must congratulate VfL Wolfsburg. In the first twenty minutes we never got into the game. Wolfsburg played really well during that phase and we were too passive. Wolfsburg scored their goals far too easily, although the second one was excellently played out. After the 0-2, we had to shake ourselves and then we got into the tie really well in the fifteen minutes before the break. We had some good chances, which we unfortunately didn’t take. In the second-half, Wolfsburg allowed us to have the possession and we played well. As was the case during the phase before the break, I was hoping to pull a goal back at that stage, but we failed to do that and then conceded the 0-3. It was game over them! As it is, the defeat was deserved."

Martin Schmidt: "It was a wonderful game and a wonderful win. What was important for me is that we got back on track. We binned the game in Augsburg – that wasn’t good! We wanted to pick up where we left off in the last home game against Freiburg. We wanted a reaction and that’s just what the team showed. The main point of focus at the break was the phase when we saw a very strong Gladbach side, who really caused problems for our defence. It was vitally important to get the left flank closed down and strengthen our defensive structure. In the second-half we could put the brakes on somewhat and then hit on the counter-attack. In that way, we really hurt our opponents. We’ve taken three points, which is very important to us. It’s the next step for us in making a move into a mid-table place. The lads really raised the bar today. Picking up from there must be our goal in the future. We will work hard on that."

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