The perfect debut as coach of VfL Wolfsburg missed Bruno Labbadia with the 1-1 in Mainz. The game stokes at the Lower Saxony nonetheless new hope in the relegation battle.
Bruno Labbadia is back in his element. With great commitment, the 52-year-old wants to lead the rescue mission at VfL Wolfsburg to success – and gives it everything.
“He makes a good impression, he lives football, thinks a lot about football and gives us confidence,” reported VfL captain Paul Verhaegh on the work of the new Wolfsburg coach.
This will bear even more fruit at Labbadia’s home premiere next Saturday against Bayer Leverkusen than in the 1-1 draw in Mainz, where he had missed the perfect debut in his Bundesliga return after 17 months.
“I enjoy working with the team, as well as the way she played football in part, and if we were in a different situation, I would be able to talk more positively about it,” Labbadia said, indicating the route: “We have to do everything we can to be more enjoyable. ”
Remis in Mainz raises new hope
The draw with the direct competitor did not significantly improve the situation of the Lower Saxony. And yet the game sparked new confidence. “We saw that we were trying to play football well, there were a lot of good things there, and that gives us courage for the coming weeks and months,” Verhaegh said.
Labbadia did not even want to give sentimental feelings after his comeback on a Bundesliga coaching bench. “I can not feel any personal joy right now because I have so much respect for the task,” he said, adding with a sigh, “And because relegation battle is just shit.”
In the first 72 hours of his term, Labbadia has brought the previously stuttering engine of the Bundesliga club from the Autostadt in numerous group and individual talks back to work.
“It’s not easy for the players, they already have the third coach this season, so we tried to focus on the most important things,” said Labbadia. “The team has done some really well.”
Wolfsburg plays handsome football
His charges offered some appealing combination football and were with few exceptions also on the defensive safe.
“The team showed a good response to the turbulent week,” commented VfL sports director Olaf Rebbe with satisfaction. “I see more positives, we can take that with us and then work on things that were bad.”
Here, Labbadia wants to take the VfL professionals. “He’s a coach who talks a lot to the players, addresses many things, gives a lot of help,” Yunus Malli said. Ironically, the ex-Mainz had on Friday night after the goals of Josip Brekalo (6th minute) and Yoshinori Muto (44) awarded the huge chance for Wolfsburg victory.
Labbadia then took it easy: “If you have so much time to think, then that’s not always the best, I know that from my own experience.”