The thoughts of both coaches following the Wolves’ defeat in Cologne.
VfL Wolfsburg had hoped for a rather different start to 2020 but were left empty-handed after losing away to Köln, despite roaring into the opening period and creating several chances.
The Wolves did show great character in taking the game to their hosts after going 3-0 down, but the overriding feeling at the final whistle was one of disappointment at allowing themselves to get in that position in the first place.
Oliver Glasner: “Starting the year like that is anything but nice. We had a lot of problems defending set-pieces today and Köln scored twice from those situations. We played on the front foot and once again created a lot of chances, but at the moment – and we have to recognise this – we’re struggling to convert them. It’s a huge shame because my team tried everything until the very end and kept on attacking after pulling a goal back. But we simply weren’t good enough in either penalty box today and that’s why we lost.”
Markus Gisdol: “It was a game that went through different phases. At the start we were given a taste of the quality of opponent we were up against. Wolfsburg dominated the opening exchanges and also large stretches of the second half, and created some good chances. But we also did well, we closed down the spaces and battled hard. The key to the win was our good set-pieces, both in terms of scoring and defending.”