Niko Kovač grumbled about his own team after the 2-0 defeat in Berlin. Image: www.imago-images.de / Contrast
Just over a week ago, Wolfsburg coach Niko Kovač kicked playmaker Max Kruse out of the squad. The first win of the season followed (1-0 against Eintracht Frankfurt) and Kovač received encouragement from almost everyone for sorting out the probably less diligent ex-national player.
Max Kruse is only allowed to train at VfL Wolfsburg.Image: www.imago-images.de / regios24
Sobering came on Sunday: A well-deserved 0-2 defeat at Union Berlin, as a result of which Wolfsburg now have to sit out the international break in 17th place. In the face of defending the lead in the table for the first time, the Union fans were carried away to a loud taunt against the VfL coach.
Mockery for Niko Kovač: “Without Kruse you have no chance!”
“You don’t have a chance without Kruse,” echoed through the stadium after Sheraldo Becker made it 2-0. After all, the Köpenickers had had mostly positive experiences with Max Kruse in their year and a half. Managing director Oliver Ruhnert explained a week ago in the ZDF “Sportstudio” that “Kruse can be managed” and integrated into the team.
With Max Kruse, Union qualified for the Uefa Conference League for the first time almost a year and a half ago.Image: www.imago-images.de / MIS
Neither Kovač nor managing director Jörg Schmadtke wanted to talk about the sorted out ten after the game. “We didn’t have a shot on goal, that’s not enough,” Schmadtke admitted after the game. Nevertheless, they now want to “not put the trainer in the wind” and instead “come out there as a unit.”
Kovač grumbles about his own team
Kovač, meanwhile, didn’t give his team a good hair. “We’re just not ready to show the basics that you need in football – passion, camaraderie, mentality, sacrifice -” he said after the game. “Football is work, especially when you have deficits in other things and are more limited,” he criticized his team’s urge to solve problems playfully instead of fighting.
Of the “table football” accuses Kovač of distancing himself from his team in this bad phase. “We have the squad that we have,” he is quoted as saying. “If necessary, my brother and I will play along,” Kovač is said to have threatened.
Niko (back) and Robert Kovač (front) were both seasoned Bundesliga professionals.Image: imago images
Meanwhile, the VfL pros were self-critical about the defeat. Captain Maximilian Arnold even wanted to take both goals on his cap. “Definitely not enough for our quality,” said Ridle Baku, summing up his own performance.
“Maybe there is also a lack of self-confidence,” speculated the German international after the defeat. However, it is more than questionable whether the team can win this back while the coach threatens to play rather than rely on his own cucumber squad.
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