The 90. Minute runs in the home game of VfL against Berlin. Valerien Ismael crosses himself at the edge of the pitch, is upset, shocked. Hertha BSC has just been awarded a penalty kick at 2:2. The coach of Wolfsburg's Bundesliga soccer team hopes in vain for divine assistance. Salomon Kalou score the 2:3. Fate.
Ismael struggles with his own. Four points from six games a devastating record. If Darmstadt wins the cellar duel against Hamburger SV on Sunday, the "Wolves" will fall to 16th place in the table., the Relegationsrang, from. "I'm suffering as much as all the spectators and staff," he admits after the end of the game. The "huge disappointment" about the last-minute defeat hurts him visibly. After the Berlin 2:2 equalizer, the head played the decisive role again. "We are afraid to win," Ismael noted. But who cures the stumbling "wolves" of this and especially how?
The coach has already replaced the regulars several times since he took office in October. The game system is also changed before the Berlin game. In the defense with a three-man instead of a four-man chain. The result is unsatisfactory, even if there are good beginnings in between. "We don't manage to deliver our performance over 90 minutes," he laments. At the end of his statement he invokes Fortuna. "We need to stay calm and keep working so that luck comes back to us."It will take a lot of that in the current catch if Ismael and Co. don't want to experience a debacle next weekend in Munich..