It was Ridle Baku’s opening goal that set the Wolves on their way in Tuesday’s 2-1 UEFA Champions League victory at home to Salzburg. Ahead of the Bundesliga clash with Augsburg at the Volkswagen Arena at 15:30 CET on Saturday, Baku shared his thoughts on new coach Florian Kohfeldt, his debut in Europe’s premier club competition and VfL’s upcoming opponents.
Ridle Baku, first of all quadruple congratulations on your Champions League debut, your early opening goal, the 2-1 win over Salzburg and your man-of-the-match award. What did you make of the match?
Ridle Baku: “Thanks very much! It was definitely a very important game for us. We had to win to keep our hopes alive in the group and the team really put everything into it. We brought the intensity that has made us strong of late onto the pitch. That was decisive.”
How did you feel about the change in coach and what has changed under Florian Kohfeldt?
Ridle: “It was obviously really annoying that we hadn’t won any of our eight games before that. The change in coach has maybe given us fresh momentum. Everyone is there for each other again, everyone sacrifices themselves for each other. That’s what made us strong last season and sets VfL Wolfsburg apart a bit. The club’s slogan is ‘work, football, passion’, after all. If we continue to bring that onto the pitch, we’re certain to be a really strong team.”
You face FC Augsburg at the Volkswagen Arena on Saturday. How do you rate your opponents?
Ridle: “Augsburg’s last performance against Stuttgart [a 4-1 victory] was good, but we’re also coming into it on the back of a really good spell with the two wins. At home, and in front of our fans, we definitely want to win. It’s a question of holding our own against a team with strong fighting qualities. Three wins from three games would be ideal going into the international break.”