Two happy coaches reflect on a game of two halves.
What a triumph! The Wolves have qualified for the Champions League with one match to go courtesy of a hard-fought 2-2 draw at RB Leipzig. VfL head coach Oliver Glasner was once again “hugely proud” of his charges, who have “achieved something extraordinary” this season and are now rewarded with a place in Europe’s top competition.
The coaches’ reaction
Oliver Glasner: “I’m obviously super-happy tonight. Not just about the point, but also about the performance. The way we played in the first half especially was superb. But the main thing today is that we’ve qualified for the Champions League, so I’d like to give the team big credit for how they performed again today. I think it was also symbolic of how we’ve performed all season. In the first half we played really well, then in the second half we came under a lot of pressure from RB. The players threw themselves in front of shots with everything they had and were determined to bring this point home. They succeeded in doing that with great desire and great togetherness. And that’s been a feature of our whole season. Therefore, I’m hugely proud of the team and the whole staff tonight. I think we’ve achieved something extraordinary.”
Julian Nagelsmann: “Congratulation from me too: on a top season and on Champions League qualification. We weren’t quite as lively in our minds as Wolfsburg. We should’ve equalised when it was 1-0, but still we deserved to be behind at the break. We switched our personnel and tactics a bit, and then played very good football and created a lot of pressure. We didn’t really let Wolfsburg get out and deservedly got the equaliser in the end. The share of the points is absolutely fair after two very different halves.”