On his home debut at the Volkswagen Arena, there was little for new VfL head-coach Bruno Labbadia to cheer about. During the first-half, the Wolves were left chasing the game for long periods against a technically very capable 'Werksel'. After the re-start, the Wolves woke up too late and, in spite of getting a lifeline through Admir Mehmedi, there was no way back for the Green-Whites. In the end, it was a deserved 1-2 defeat to Bayer 04 Leverkusen. In the post-match press conference, both coaches expressed their opinions on the 90 minutes.
Bruno Labbadia: It was a deserved win for Leverkusen, because they were better in two particular aspects. When we were in possession, they put us under pressure as a unit. When they then had the ball, Bayer Leverkusen were very strong and consistently found solutions in the offensive. The goals we conceded were very frustrating. The foul which led to the penalty was unnecessary and for the second goal, we made too many consecutive mistakes. Otherwise, we didn’t allow very much through. Even in games when not everything is functioning ideally, you cannot concede such goals.
Heiko Herrlich: I am delighted that we won here. We got into the game well right from the outset and pretty much dominated the first-half. We took the lead with a penalty and subsequently continued to control proceedings. After the break, I had expected Wolfsburg to try everything possible. During the phase between the 54th and 60th minutes, we left a number of opportunities untaken and only then managed to do better with the goal from Julian Brandt. In the closing phase, we were rattled a bit by the VfL goal, but the lads flipped the switch again and played the game out comfortably. That considered, the win is justified.