First Team

“The boys always believed in themselves”

The two coaches deliver their verdict on VfL’s last-gasp 2-1 win over Borussia Mönchengladbach.

An eye-catching stoppage-time goal from Maximilian Arnold earned VfL Wolfsburg victory over Borussia Mönchengladbach on Matchday 15 in a game in which Oliver Glasner’s side created the better chances and eventually clinched all three points. The Green-and-Whites play their final home game of 2019 on Wednesday, when FC Schalke 04 visit the Volkswagen Arena (kick-off 20:30 CET).

Oliver Glasner: “It’s a superb win for us. I’m particularly pleased with the team’s performance. We were alert from the first minute and often looked very dangerous in attack. Xaver Schlager’s first goal is incredible - as is the fact that he was able to play again at all in 2019 after breaking his ankle and suffering ligament damage nearly three-and-a-half months ago. He was rewarded for his incredible work ethic today.

“It’s typical of our current situation that we conceded an immediate equaliser, but the boys always believed in themselves and tried to score the winner until the very end - even though we knew that Gladbach are extremely dangerous on the counter. We eventually got our just rewards through Maximilian Arnold’s wonderful strike. We’re incredibly pleased today - not only with the result but with the performance in particular.”

Marco Rose: “Overall it’s a very frustrating defeat for us. Having scored a couple of decisive stoppage-time goals in recent weeks, we learned the hard way what it’s like to be on the receiving end. We knew it was going to be very intense. If you look at the statistics it was an even game - apart from in front of goal. Wolfsburg had a lot more chances, but we had two or three really good opportunities and would have been very happy with a point. That’s why it’s a big shame that we weren’t able to keep our composure in defence until the very end.



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