Berlin – After losing the championship lead, Mark van Bommel quickly and, above all, optimistically went back to business. “We are now on the road for five games and it doesn’t look bad,” said the coach of VfL Wolfsburg, who had to leave record champions Bayern Munich in the top position in the league after the 1-1 (0-1) against Eintracht Frankfurt. 13 of 15 possible points, so far only two goals conceded – as under van Bommel’s predecessor Oliver Glasner, the Lower Saxony are currently among the top Bundesliga clubs under their new coach.
The fact that there was no victory against Hessen did not irritate the Dutchman, he sees the development of his protégés as positive: “I am proud of the way we played.” It is a mixture of willpower and precision that the 44 -Year-old has inoculated his squad, the results in the Bundesliga confirm him. So far also in the Champions League, at the goalless start at OSC Lille, the North Germans took an important away counter with them in the final phase despite their daily form and being outnumbered.
And van Bommel was also able to convey the ability to the North Germans, apparently, of losing points that have not been taken into account. “We’ll see what this point is good for at some point,” said midfielder Maximilian Arnold after the draw against Frankfurt.
One thing is certain: the Wolfsburg squad is well positioned for the double burden of the Bundesliga and the premier class. Van Bommel was able to rotate against Eintracht in terms of personnel without losing his idea for the game: “I’m proud of the way things are done. It’s fun that way – and I think the audience will see it that way too. What needs to get better is the evaluation of chances. We’ll work on that. It’s a process. We have to develop every game day, that goes to the end. “
The face of the ongoing high-altitude sport on the Mittelland Canal is still Wout Weghorst. Van Bommel’s compatriot missed two big scoring opportunities, then he forced a draw in the 70th minute. “You can’t give up. You always have to believe that the next chance will come, ”said the 29-year-old.
Weghorst scored for the Wolves for the 57th time in the Bundesliga against Frankfurt. In the club’s internal ranking, only Edin Dzeko (66) and Grafite (59) stand before him, who shot VfL together for the only German championship title so far in the 2008/2009 season.