Ahead of the start of the second half of the season, VfL Wolfsburg got into gear with a friendly against Paderborn on Tuesday afternoon at the Volkswagen Arena. Florian Kohfeldt’s charges started the game brightly and raced into a 4-2 lead by half-time, ultimately beating the ninth-placed Bundesliga 2 outfit 5-4 in a match in which striker Bartosz Bialek made his long-awaited comeback from injury.
Wout Weghorst hit a hat-trick (10’, 25’, 29’), while Maximilian Philipp (22’) and Renato Steffen (49’) were also on target for the Wolves, with Felix Platte (34’), Sven Michel (penalty, 37’), Robin Yalcin (58’) and Kai Pröger (81’) replying for the visitors.
The Green-and-Whites are in competitive action on Sunday 9 January when they travel to VfL Bochum on Bundesliga Matchday 18 (kick-off 17:30 CET).
“We scored three nice goals”
Florian Kohfeldt: “We had some very good situations where we won the ball back with our counter-pressing, and we scored three very nice goals from open play. Then we conceded three in a period where we were trying to be brave, but we made the wrong decisions. Those are the kind of goals you need to accept when you’re in a process of development.
“I liked that we remained brave and continued playing our game. We weren’t perfect in a lot of the phases of the game, but it was a step in the right direction. Now we need to make sure we stay fresh and that we improve on individual decision making. The foundation has to be that we play football in a brave manner. We’ve set ourselves the task of not looking back at the past and only defining ourselves on our defensive work; we want to develop the whole package. That means we need to be braver, more structured and purposeful in our link-up play.”