Euphorised by a baby boom, the VfL Wolfsburg, after two years of frustration, has made a dream start in the Bundesliga. This can give a boost,”said Renato Steffen, goalkeeper at 3:1 at Bayer Leverkusen and one of six young fathers on the VfL team.
The Swiss, who experienced the birth of Son Lian last Saturday after the 2:1 to start against FC Schalke 04, After his first Bundesliga goal, he added a smile: “But I can’t have a child every week. I have to try to compensate in some other way.”
At first glance the team also has disadvantages due to the birth wish. On Saturday, Koen Casteels, tribal guardian, and in the absence of injured Josuha Guilavogui also captain were absent. At home the baby alarm had gone off, the Belgian WM participant left the team headquarters in Cologne immediately and rushed to the family.
But the additional father euphoria apparently makes the loss more than compensated. “In Hesse they say: We don’t make a fuss about it if one is missing,” said Bruno Labbadia, VfL trainer and native intestinal cities.
Arnold: “I already have my own scheduling”
The question of Labbadia’s share of sporting success was answered by midfielder Maximilian Arnold with a wink of an eye.” He has a part in it, alone through the preparation,”he said,”She was so hard that it really welded us together. He was something like our common enemy.”
The 24-year-old Arnold was even asked if he felt pressured by the many births of his colleagues: in addition to Casteels and Steffen (both 26) were also Marvin Stefaniak (23), Yunus Malli, Paul-Georges Ntep and Wout Weghorst (all 26) became a father.
“When I have a child, I do not think about the planning of the VfL Wolfsburg,” Arnold replied somewhat irritated: “I already have my own scheduling.”
Fans can dream in Wolfsburg
The U21 European Champion felt much better about questions according to the sporting situation.” We want to leave the church in the village,”he answered questions after the three-hour table:”We are just beginning to build the church.”
Sports director Jurg Schmadtke again found this quote Arnold’s amusing.” Let him enjoy himself a little, then let him go to his village and rest,”he said in a well-known dry way. He also casually avoided the “top rider” songs of the supporters and the insistent demands: “Journalists can do anything. Fans can dream. But we have to classify everything realistically.”Questions about the table guidance at Abpfiff he described as”Klamauk”.
Schmadtke could also be infected by the euphoria of the father and Gatekeeper Steffen.”Schmadtke could also be infected.” I am happy if he is in a good mood,”Schmadtke said, and did not want to hide a certain self-interest:”After all, he is my neighbour.”