VfL Wolsburg Trainer Philipp Kohfeld.
13.12.2021
First Team

“We don’t have time to hide”

VfL head coach Florian Kohfeldt on the home game against 1. FC Köln.

VfL Wolsburg Trainer Philipp Kohfeld.

The Wolves have the chance to bounce back from Saturday’s home defeat to VfB Stuttgart when they welcome 1. FC Köln to the Volkswagen Arena in their final home game of 2021 on Tuesday evening (kick-off 20:30 CET). Steffen Baumgart’s 12th-placed side are just one point behind VfL, who are hoping to end the year on a high after failing to win their last four league games. At Monday’s pre-match press conference, Florian Kohfeldt answered questions on…

…what his team need now: “We need clear leadership. I also regard myself as the prime candidate to embody that leadership. We have to be courageous, consistent and face up to the situation. It’s important to accept periods like this and be proactive in dealing with them, rather than hoping they will pass on their own.”

…the mood in the camp: “You can clearly feel the disappointment. We’re allowed to be self-critical, but we don’t have time to hide away. It’s high time for us to start to deal with [the situation] and get to grips with it. It’s up to everyone to get through this period and come back stronger.”

…injured players: Paulo Otavio suffered a serious injury to his right knee suffered a serious injury to his right knee during Saturday’s match against VfB Stuttgart. Jerome Roussillon doesn’t have any issues and will be ready for action. Aster Vranckx will train today and we’ll then see if he’s fit enough for Köln. Luca Waldschmidt is ill – we’ll also make a decision on him nearer the time. Other than that, all players who were fit on Saturday will be available here.”

…the opposition: “We’re expecting passionate opposition with a high pressing game, a clear game plan and a lot of force inside the box. Köln are characterised by high intensity on and off the ball and they don’t give up easily. However, they’re also a team who’ve shown in recent weeks that they aren’t always compact and consistent in their play.”

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