Dhe footballers of VfL Wolfsburg go into their first home game of the new group phase of the Champions League against Servette FC Chenois from Switzerland. After goal scorer Ewa Pajor and national player Alexandra Popp, Pia-Sophie Wolter also suffered a serious knee injury at the weekend. “I see it as a task for us as a team to move even closer together. We want to tear ourselves apart on the pitch for these players, ”said national player Svenja Huth at a press conference on Tuesday.
The Wolfsburg team drew 3: 3 in their first game against group favorites Chelsea. However, they had already led 3-1 in London. Only in stoppage time did the former Wolfsburg Pernille Harder equalize for Chelsea. This was preceded by a mistake by Dominique Janssen, who did not clear the ball decisively.
“The point against Chelsea only has any value if we live up to our role as favorites in games like this,” said VfL Wolfsburg’s new coach Tommy Stroot before the game against Servette (Wednesday, 6.45pm live on DAZN). The women from Switzerland lost their first group game at home against Juventus Turin 3-0.
The many injuries to important players also hit the successor of the master coach Stephan Lerch hard. They make the great upheaval in Wolfsburg even more difficult. The introduction of the group stage means an additional burden. Stroot also emphasized on Tuesday: “It feels a lot more like the Champions League now. You are asked 100 percent every week because you simply cannot give anything away, ”said the 32-year-old.
“When I lost 6-0 with FC Twente in Wolfsburg two years ago, the second leg was just a better friendly. Now you have to get the points, that changes everyday life completely. “