The coaches give their thoughts on VfL Wolfsburg's 3-0 defeat away to VfB Stuttgart.
The Wolves lacked the bite they had shown in previous games on the penultimate day of the season and returned home from Stuttgart empty-handed. Goalmouth action was at a premium in the first half, but the hosts nevertheless took a 1-0 lead into the break thanks to a deflected shot just before half-time. The Green-Whites were unable to turn things around after the interval and Stuttgart added two more goals to secure all three points.
Bruno Labbadia: "It was a hard-fought match in the first half and we should have taken the lead early on but we weren't resolute enough. It developed into a tight game. Stuttgart were lucky with Max Arnold's long-range shot – we should've gone 1-0 up there. As things turned out though, we went 1-0 down on the stroke of half-time, which obviously played into their hands and gave them confidence to keep attacking. We made too many mistakes in the second half, so all we can do is accept today's result."
Nico Willig: "It's a huge relief. We played with a lot of courage today, but that approach also implied taking risks and we could easily have gone 1-0 down. The team fought hard today. The players got their self-belief and energy back with each passing minute and a lot of things worked well today. Our first goal was really important - we sensed that in the changing room. The players came out on top in a lot of situations in the second half. They sent out a lot of signals and got their reward with the second and third goals."