First Team

“Developing a craving for wins”

VfL head coach Florian Kohfeldt previews the home match against FC Augsburg.

The Wolves have collected seven points from their five home league matches at the Volkswagen Arena this season – a modest record, but one that can be improved this Saturday with a win against FC Augsburg. Having ended their poor run on new head coach Florian Kohfeldt’s debut on the last matchday, before also picking up their first win in the Champions League in midweek, it’s a case of continuing the upward trend against Augsburg. 

At the pre-match press conference, Kohfeldt discussed…

…the system with the back three: “Looking a bit further ahead, my intention is certainly that we can play in multiple formations and therefore aren’t tied to one system. At the moment, my feeling is that a lot of the players feel happy with where they’re playing. At the same time, I don’t want to rule out the possibility that we’ll tweak our system.”

...the team’s motivation: “After today’s training session, I’m not expecting any drop in tension and I wouldn’t understand it either. If we want to be permanently playing where the team and the club see themselves – namely competing for the European places – then these are the crucial matches in the season. So, we have to remain steady and focussed and win these matches. I get the feeling we’re developing a craving for wins.”

...team news: “Sebastiaan Bornauw trained today and came through the session well. If nothing out of the ordinary happens, he’ll be available. That’s good for us since Maxence Lacroix is suspended. Admir Mehmedi will return to the squad at the weekend. That aside, we’re without the same long-term absentees in Xaver Schlager, Luca Waldschmidt and Bartosz Bialek.”

Afterwards, VfL sporting director Marcel Schäfer took to the podium and spoke about…

…the signals he’s getting from the team: “The team have responded very openly to what the coach is demanding. Intensity and consistency have been two factors in us winning the last two games. That’s the basis for success. On top of that, we obviously want to develop footballing elements.”



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