The Champions League final marked the end of a rollercoaster campaign for VfL Women. Several days have passed since the 3-2 defeat to Barcelona in Eindhoven and although the disappointment still lingers, there is an increasing sense of pride at having participated in what Tommy Stroot describes as a “great final”.
For the VfL head coach, preparations for the new campaign started long before the summer break. Here, Stroot looks ahead to next season and shares his thoughts on the growing competition in women’s football.
“Our ambition carried us”
“We were competing for all three titles until the very end – that’s very, very special,” Stroot says, reflecting on a positive 2022/23 season. VfL Women declared their lofty ambitions as early as last summer – a move Stroot feels was the correct one: “There aren’t many sports teams who do that. I think it’s good we made that decision. Those ambitions carried us to victory in the DFB Cup, to the Champions League final and to second place in the league.”