Florian Kohfeldt is supposed to get VfL Wolfsburg back on track and relies on spectacular football.
Florian Kohfeldt appeared on duty, tanned by the Fuerteventura sun and in a good mood, only his voice was no longer quite fresh. “You can hear it from me,” said the new coach from VfL Wolfsburg when he was introduced: “I had a lot of conversations.” After all, Kohfeldt has no time to lose – the factory club should get back on track as quickly as possible.
And on this path Kohfeldt – unlike his hapless predecessor Mark van Bommel – is back on spectacular football. Aggressive pressing, winning the ball, quick switchover – this is how he wants to bring the club motto “Always hungry” back to life after the last eight competitive games without a win and four Bundesliga defeats in a row.
“This team has shown incredible dynamism and intensity against the ball in recent years. That has become a little less recently,” said Kohfeldt and announced that these skills will become visible again: “I found an intact team. It needs it just a guide to how the game should be played. “
Kohfeldt, who took the first call from sports director Jörg Schmadtke while on vacation in the Canary Islands, feels that his chance in Wolfsburg is “exciting, very exciting”. The 39-year-old knows nothing else than Werder Bremen, was with the Hanseatic League for 20 years, coached the youngsters and, most recently, the professionals. Because it was in the direction of relegation, the 2018 coach of the year ended at the Weser, in Wolfsburg he has now signed a contract with the bottom of the table until 2023.
Kohfeldt praises “outstanding conditions” in Wolfsburg
There Kohfeldt wants to show with a strong squad and “outstanding conditions” that he is called to higher things. Even if he only has two days to prepare for his debut at Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday (3:30 pm), he promises a “courageous performance”. After the duel between the factory clubs, he continues in quick succession, on Tuesday in the Champions League against RB Salzburg, after which the Wolves will face FC Augsburg in the Bundesliga.
Kohfeldt, who led his first training session in the morning in glorious sunshine and was greeted with applause by the fans present, is “fresh and ready” again five months after leaving Werder. But the task is also big. In the league, it is important to get back in touch with the European Cup places as quickly as possible.
And in the premier class, the corporate bosses long for a place in the round of 16. “We will do everything we can to overwinter in this competition or at least to overwinter in Europe,” said Kohfeldt. After all, the situation is “not hopeless”.