Maximilian Philipp joined VfL Wolfsburg on loan in early October. The 26-year-old has now been at the club for almost a month and gave us his early impressions about the Wolves, his transfer and his full debut.
Maximilian, how did you spend your first few days here in Wolfsburg? Have you managed to settle into the squad already?
Maximilian Philipp: “Most of my time was spent going between the hotel and the training centre. I managed to find somewhere to live pretty quickly though and got the house move out of the way, so now I’m starting to feel very much at home here.”
Sunday saw you make your full debut for VfL Wolfsburg. How did it feel to be back in the Bundesliga and getting to be part of the VfL starting line-up?
Maximilian: “It was a great feeling and I was delighted that I got to play from the start. It would obviously have been even nicer to play in front of more fans or even a capacity crowd. The Volkswagen Arena is a nice, compact stadium and with fans in there, you can get a really fantastic atmosphere. Let’s just hope that that’s the case once again at some point.”
You’ve just spent a year in Moscow. What do you think are the main differences between the Bundesliga and the Russian Premier League?
Maximilian: “Obviously the skill levels and the pace are a cut above. Everything happens so quickly here. I don’t want to speak badly about the Russian league – they’ve got some good teams – but the Bundesliga is one of the top five leagues in Europe.”
Our next three matches are away to Berlin, at home to Hoffenheim and away to Schalke. What do you want to get out of these games?
Maximilian: “Nine points – simple as that!”