First Team

“We want to create something new”

VfL head coach Florian Kohfeldt ahead of the Wolves’ return to action against VfL Bochum.

After a short winter break, VfL Wolfsburg kick off 2022 with a visit to promoted club VfL Bochum on Sunday 9 January (kick-off 17:30 CET). The Wolves are determined to make a fresh start in the final fixture of Matchday 18, having worked hard during the festive period to get back to winning ways. Head coach Florian Kohfeldt has prepared his players for the challenges that lie ahead with intensive training sessions and is full of confidence and excitement ahead of the trip to the Ruhr district.

At Friday’s press conference with VfL sporting director Marcel Schäfer, Kohfeldt spoke about…

…VfL’s preparations: “I get the feeling that we’ve made thorough use of our preparation period and made the most of a combination of sessions on the pitch, video analysis and personal chats. You could already see that in the friendly against Paderborn, because the team played very well and were always alert. The real test will be on Sunday, when it’s unlikely that every detail will come off. Even so, I expect a different performance compared to December. That’s why I’m optimistic and convinced that we’ll have enough to win in Bochum.”

…the return to action in Bochum: “I feel excitement because we want to create something new. I get the feeling that a lot of what we’re doing at the moment is a big team effort, in which I also play a major role.”

…facing their direct rivals in the standings: “I wasn’t surprised by Bochum’s good results in the first half of the season, because they managed to go above and beyond their capabilities in almost all their games. The negative thing about facing our direct rivals is that we’ve only collected 20 points, so Bochum are ahead of us in the table due to their better goal difference. That’s why we have to play to our limits much more often in the second half of the season. If we do that, I’m also pretty confident that we’ll finish ahead of them.”

…personnel: “Josuha Guilavogui is available. Apart from our long-term casualties, only Dodi Lukebakio, Aster Vranckx and Daniel Ginczek are out.”

VfL sporting director Marcel Schäfer on…

…the start to 2022: “We want to continue to develop, because standing still is more of a step backwards in football. We want to create something new and tackle things together. We’ve made good first steps in that direction, even though we didn’t have as much time to prepare as we’re used to in the summer. Nevertheless, we made thorough use of the time to work with the players and are heading into the second half of the season with a good feeling – even if it’s a big challenge for us due to the current circumstances.”



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