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What exactly the first victory in this Champions League season is worth, the players of the VfL Wolfsburg learned only two and a half hours after the final whistle.
Since the group favorite FC Seville lost surprisingly 1: 2 against Osc Lille. The Wolfsburgs can now even make a defeat on 23 November in Spain - and then still had the chance to qualify for the secondary final against the French Master Lille (8th of December). We have again developed a more realistic opportunity to hibernate in the Champions League, said the new VfL coach Florian Kohfeldt after 2: 1 (1: 1) against leaders FC Red Bull Salzburg.
What exactly the coach change in Wolfsburg has worked on Tuesday evening during the Salzburg game was well recognized. Defense work, body language, passion, teamwork: In many ways, the VfL under Kohfeldt again showed a completely different face than at the 1-3 first-leg defeat against the Austrian master only two weeks earlier.
While under his predecessor Mark van Bommel Much in the game of the Wolfsburg strangely spongy and contourless remained, all feel probably on the square and know what we have to do, said the winning winer Lukas Nmecha. Players praise Kohfeld s clear instructions and emphasizing the Wolfsburg defensive qualities in his new 3-4-3 system. If someone loses a duel, another is there. That was our strength last year - and now she is back. We have found our intensity again, said the new defense chef Josha Guilavogui.
In front of 16 112 spectators, the VFL already went through Ridle Baku in the fourth minute. After compensation by a directly transformed free-kick of Maximilian Wöber (30th), Nmecha succeeded in the second half of the re-cheered winning goal (60th).
As far as Wolfsburg development is concerned, Kohfeldt sees after 2-0 in Leverkusen and the 2-1 against Salzburg still much increase. The importance of this Tuesday night for him personally, the 39-year-old did not speak smaller than she was. Even in May, his heart s club Werder Bremen separated from him just before the descent from the football league. Five and a half months later, Kohfeldt trained a Champions League team for the first time.
I thank the guys that they have developed it last season that I can be there today, he said. I have not contributed nothing to that. Nevertheless, it was a dream for me, which fulfilled: to be with a Champions League game.