Zsanett Jakabfi, Anna Blässe and Lena Goeßling have celebrated all seven of VfL Wolfsburg Women’s cup successes, while captain Alexandra Popp has no fewer than nine winners’ medals in her collection. Lena Oberdorf is one who would certainly like to follow in their footsteps. Having narrowly lost to VfL in the cup final last season with SGS Essen, the 19-year-old is bidding to claim her first club title in this Sunday’s final against Eintracht Frankfurt (kick-off 16:00 CEST).
In an interview ahead of the match, the midfielder spoke about the defeat with Essen last year, the She-Wolves’ role as favourites and her dream of lifting the trophy.
Lena, around 11 months ago you played in the DFB Cup final with Essen and lost on penalties to Wolfsburg. What memories do you have of that day?
Oberdorf: “I still clearly remember how Wolfsburg celebrated and how sad my former team and I were that we’d lost. The cup final was a big game for us as we’ve never challenged for the league title and it was a real achievement for us just get to the cup final. It was nice and sad at the same time that we almost did it.”
The roles are similar to last year: back then it was first against fifth, now it’s second against sixth. VfL are therefore clear favourites, aren’t they?
Oberdorf: “I think VfL are always the favourites in the cup because they’ve always been at the top in recent years. But we know that, despite our status as favourites, we mustn’t underestimate Frankfurt. Last week showed that the final against Eintracht isn’t a foregone conclusion and we need to put in the best performance we can.”
You won the U17 European Championship in 2017, so the DFB Cup wouldn’t be your first title. What would it mean for you?
Oberdorf: “Winning the DFB Cup would obviously mean a lot to me because it would be my first trophy with a club. That’s why I’ll be giving it my all to help us win the title.”