It was a bitter blow for VfL Wolfsburg Women and Pauline Bremer when the forward tore the cruciate ligament in her right knee in only her fourth appearance of the season back in October 2020. The start of the She-Wolves’ pre-season preparations just under a fortnight ago also marked Bremer’s long-awaited return to first-team training. Under the guidance of VfL’s new coaching team, the 25-year-old is working her way back to full match fitness one step at a time.
Pauline Bremer, you started your pre-season preparations without your Olympic players nearly two weeks ago. How’s it going so far?
Pauline Bremer: “Very, very well! A lot of things are new – the new coaching team and new players. That always brings a breath of fresh air. So far the atmosphere is extremely positive. We’ve trained a lot and worked hard, but always with the right amount of fun. Long may it continue.”
How has your knee reacted to first-team training?
Pauline: “It’s coping with everything. The knee obviously has to get used to the strain and I haven’t been able to take part in everything yet, but I’ve managed to do a lot. In the sessions I did, it coped with everything and I wasn’t in any pain. I’m doing everything I can and gradually trying to get used to team training.”
What are your goals as a team this season?
Pauline: “We set our goals very high every year and I want to win the title again this season. We also want to go far in the Champions League. The whole team are very motivated and hungry for success. We want to win all our games and we’ll see what happens at the end of the season.”
Your injury meant you didn’t play many competitive games in a VfL shirt last season. What are your personal objectives this term?
Pauline: “I want to go all out again. Initially, of course, I’ll always take into account what my body is capable of doing, but as soon as I’m back at 100 per cent I’m going full throttle. I obviously hope I’ll get a lot of playing time and I can help the team.”