Two titles in eight days, but the vfl wolfsburg women’s soccer team won’t be celebrating the big party for a few days yet. When the german champions also won the DFB cup final against turbine potsdam 3:2 (1:0) in koln, restraint was the order of the day.
"We’ll eat and maybe have a beer, that’s all," announced vfl midfielder anna blasse. After winning their first two titles in the club’s history, the vfl women are now dreaming of the triple: the champions league final follows on thursday at stamford bridge in london.
"First we have the finals week, then the celebration week," said wolfsburg’s sporting director thomas rottgermann. "Already after the championship we focused for a week only on the cup. We’re doing that again now," said rottgermann. For on thursday, it’s against olympique lyon, the champions league winners of the past two years. "We are certainly not favorites. But then again, we weren’t in the cup final," said martina muller, who scored the first two goals against potsdam (45. /52. Minute). Ex-potsdam player conny pohlers (55) scored in front of 14,269 spectators for a seemingly reassuring 3-0 lead.).
Vfl coach ralf kellermann dampened expectations for the next final after the exciting final phase and emphasized: "we’ll go there without pressure and to enjoy it." It was only the day after the cup win that he wanted to prepare the players for lyon. "Before that, we enjoy the cup," was his instruction. There was no ban on celebrating. "There are no prohibitions, the team is disciplined enough. No one is beating the strange," said kellermann.
Immediately after the final whistle on sunday, the coach on the pitch at koln stadium was also just quietly pleased. Away from the hustle and bustle he made his lonely rounds and wiped his eyes with his hand. Meanwhile, despite the third cup final defeat in potsdam after 2009 and 2011, turbine coach bernd schroder chatted with german president joachim gauck.
The topic was the final, which the german president described afterwards in an interview with ARD as "a bit of a struggle and a bit of a cramp". Schroder was also disappointed. Less about the game, more about the result. His eleven battled back in a turbulent second half with goals from lisa evans (60.) and yuki ogimi (62./(penalty kick) to come within 2:3 – but that was as close as it got. For vfl striker pohlers it was almost too much excitement. "My old heart almost couldn’t take it anymore," she joked.
"Had the game lasted ten minutes longer, then we had gone into verlangerung. It would have been exciting, I’m sure of that. But now we can only play through the challenge in the evening over a glass of wine," said schroder, who also saw numerous counter-attacking chances on the part of the opponent. The wolfsburg players were happy that "it only lasted 90 minutes and we were able to save our energy for london," said midfielder blasse. Then also striker alexandra popp, who was absent in the cup because of an eagle ligament tear, could return. "The thumb points upwards," said popp.