Once again, it simply wasn’t to be against Borussia Dortmund for VfL Wolfsburg. The Wolves had more chances and played with an extra man for 30 minutes, yet still ended up losing to their bogey team.
While BVB coach Edin Terzic reflected on his side’s “outstanding” fighting spirit as they look to snatch one of the remaining UEFA Champions League places, his VfL counterpart Oliver Glasner expressed his disappointment at a missed opportunity to keep a direct rival at arm’s length, citing “too many individual mistakes” as the reason for his side’s defeat.
Oliver Glasner: “We’re obviously all very disappointed today. Unfortunately, we have to blame ourselves a bit again for the loss. We’ve simply made too many individual mistakes in these games. One thing we need to be a little critical of was that we weren’t savvy enough in trying to take advantage of having an extra man.
“We wanted to get forward more down the wings and brought on an extra striker in Bartosz Bialek so that we’d have more of a presence in the box. But we didn’t do that very well. And when you’re playing a top team like Dortmund with a quality striker like Erling Haaland, they only needed their one chance on the counter-attack. As a result, we’re left empty-handed. But it’s not the end of the world; we need to learn the right lessons from this. Now we’ve got two weeks to get back to work with plenty of time to focus on football.”
Edin Terzic: “It was a good performance. We forced them into mistakes through our good pressing, and going 1-0 up put us in the driving seat at half-time. Obviously the red card changed everything and Wolfsburg put their foot on the gas again, but we defended tooth and nail. We shouldn’t forget that this is our third straight week with a midweek fixture, with lots of big games in that period. That’s all taken a toll physically. The way we fought for the chance to close the gap on Wolfsburg to two points was outstanding. We’re proud to be going home with all three points.”