The day of the wolfsburg unit

The day of the wolfsburg unit

All is far from well again. But the players of VfL Wolfsburg have taken the shovel in hand with the 4:1 on Saturday against Cologne to fill the deep rifts between them and their fans. Just from the fact that it was the first home win of the year for the Green-Whites, you can guess how much the supporters have been through.

After the home defeat against the now relegated Hamburger SV two weeks ago, the anger of the supporters had discharged, it almost came to a storm on the pitch. Before the game against Cologne, Nordkurven lead singer Chris Heise made an appeal to the entire stadium to once again support the eleven on the pitch with all their might. It was the last chance for the professionals, who fell completely short of expectations for the second year in a row. After all: They used it.

It was the day of Wolfsburg unity, before and after the match. "For me," said striker Divock Origi, "it was very special how the fans, the city and the club together got behind us. It was an important game for all of Wolfsburg." Indeed it was, in the event of a defeat, VfL would actually have been promoted to the 2. League relegated, after 21 years in Germany's elite league. A horror scenario that fortunately did not come true from VfL's point of view.

After the final whistle on Saturday, the much, but also rightly scolded professionals headed towards the Nordkurve, where they collected their well-deserved applause. Right in the middle: Bruno Labbadia. Until now, the connection between fans and coach was complicated. Labbadia did not really find his way into Wolfsburg's hearts – also, or perhaps solely, because the results were not right. It was only the second win for the 52-year-old in the eleventh game under his direction.

Labbadia, however, does not want to interpret the scenes after the final whistle as reconciliation. "I see it more like this," says the coach, "that the people in Wolfsburg have found a good way to deal with the situation. Previously, the disappointment from the past two years was simply too great."In addition, first and foremost his team was required to let the spark from the pitch to the ranks. "She did everything for it," Labbadia praises his players.

But the danger has not yet been averted. The VfL only prevented the worst case scenario, direct relegation, against Cologne. Now comes the relegation. The home match against Holstein Kiel is scheduled for Thursday, and the return match on Monday. 2200 fans will travel with the team to the north, the tickets in the free sale are already gone. "This togetherness," says Labbadia, "is exactly what we need now."