Twelve members of the VfL Ladies team are currently away on international duty, but for once, Sara Gunnarsdottir is not one of them. The Iceland captain has remained in Wolfsburg to prepare for the final six competitive matches of the campaign, which include the DFB Cup final against SC Freiburg in Cologne on 1 May (kick-off 17:15 CEST).
Sara, the Icelandic national team have played two friendlies in South Korea in the last few days, but without their captain. Why weren’t you involved?
Sara Gunnarsdottir: “Our coach asked me at the Algarve Cup whether I’d like a break, as he knows about the intensive programme we have with VfL Wolfsburg over the coming weeks. I gladly accepted the offer even though, in general, I really enjoy playing for our national team. In this case, the strain of the long flight to South Korea and the time difference would have been too much for me.”
VfL Wolfsburg are in the DFB Cup final for the sixth time. You’ve been involved in it three times – what does this event mean to you?
Gunnarsdottir: “I’m really looking forward to Cologne, but my parents are almost looking forward to it even more. They’ve been there the last two years, and I think it’s always great to play at that stadium in front of a big crowd. It’s always exciting. Two years ago against SC Sand, I – along with Poppi [Alexandra Popp] – was sent off and then last year we won on penalties against Bayern. I’m sure it will be just as dramatic this year. Freiburg are a good side and anything can happen in a final.”
Looking at the league, Bayern Munich still have a two-legged Champions League semi-final against FC Barcelona to play. Could that extra burden be an advantage for you on the way to another title?
Gunnarsdottir: “In theory, it might not matter what Bayern do. If we produce what we’re capable of, we’ll win all our games and claim the double. That’s our big aim and it’s in our hands to achieve it!”