VfL Wolfsburg’s undefeated run continued Sunday as they defeated a plucky Hertha Berlin side 2-1 with en fuego Dutch striker Bas Dost providing both Wolfsburg goals.
The Wolves, who haven’t suffered defeat since late November (a league loss away to Schalke and a Europa League group stage loss to Everton), are now set up nicely for the return leg of their Round of 32 EL series against Sporting Clube de Portugal on Thursday, as well as a north German Bundesliga Sunday showdown with red-hot Werder Bremen at the Weserstadion.
Unfortunately, Wolfsburg started the season slowly, having to go to PKs to win their first round DFB Pokal matchup with SV Darmstadt, and then losing the league opener to Bayern Munich. Consecutive draws against Eintracht Frankfurt and Hoffenheim delayed Wolfsburg’s first league win until September 25, when they dumped Bayer Leverkusen 4-0 and went on a roll that only ended with that late November defeat in Gelsenkirchen. One wonders, if VfL had managed to get a win over either Eintracht or Hoffenheim, how interesting this title race would be with Pep Guardiola’s mighty Bavarians.
The beginning of March signals a busy time for Dieter Hecking and his squad. After the March 1 clash with Werder, the Wolves are away to RB Leipzig in the 3rd round of the DFB Pokal and then play away to FC Augsburg before returning to the Volkswagen City for their March 15 matchup with SC Freiburg. Four consecutive road matches (counting the 2nd leg against Sporting Clube in Portugal) will be a test of the determination and spirit of VfL, and their mettle as potential champions.
More Good News for Wolfsburg
Following Thursday’s EL win over Sporting Clube de Portugal, Wolfsburg announced that back Vierinha had signed a contract extension through 2018. The 29 year-old native of Guimarães has found a home in the Volkswagen City, and Sporting Director Klaus Allofs is happy to have him committed to the club.
I am delighted that, in Vieirinha, we have managed to bind a very important player to the club. He feels very much at home here and appreciates the fact that we stuck by him in the past – even during difficult phases for him.
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