The reaction of the coaches following the Friday-night defeat in Bremen.
VfL Wolfsburg had a very respectable away record going into Matchday 7, with four points from two tricky games at Bayer Leverkusen and 1. FSV Mainz 05. And for long periods of their third away league outing of the season, it did not look like they would be returning home empty-handed either. However, Werder Bremen were more clinical in front of goal in what was a largely open and even contest, leaving VfL head coach Bruno Labbadia lamenting not only the first away defeat of the season, but also their fifth straight game without a win.
Bruno Labbadia: „You can't ask for a better opening 25 minutes than we had. We disrupted Werder's build-up play and moved the ball well, but all that was lacking was the opening goal. Then we lost our shape a bit but still, Werder's goal, which obviously gave them a lift, basically came out of nothing. Learning to get through periods like that and to put away the disappointment of falling behind despite being on top is part of our development process. After the break, we again started well but we just didn't manage to create clear chances. Overall, even though Werder played very well, the defeat wasn't inevitable.“
Florian Kohfeldt: „I don't have much more to add to that. Overall I agree completely with Bruno's analysis. We weren't in the game to start with. Lots of the things that we normally carry out in our game were missing. Really we should've been 1-0 down but then we scored ourselves and could have increased our lead before half-time. We didn't continue that in the second half as we wanted, but Wolfsburg didn't really have any big chances either. Nevertheless we shouldn't forget that we played against a good side who caused us problems, especially in the first half.“