VfL Wolfsburg is eliminated against FC Barcelona in the semi -finals – the second leg victory against a record backdrop is said to have been the beginning.
With the megafon in hand, the disappointment had gone from the pitcher Almuth Schult. The victory celebration with the fans remaining long after the final whistle in the VW Arena conjured up a smile on the face of the soccer goalkeeper despite the semi-finals against the Champions League winner.
The impressive 2: 0 (0: 0) against the supposedly overpowering FC Barcelona had shown “what would have been possible,” said coach Tommy Stroot with pride after the 1: 5 clap in Camp Nou.
The currently best team in the world in series after 45 competitive victories, plus in front of the home record set of 22,057 spectators, comforted the missed final.
“We showed our true face and offered the spectators a good game. We hope that they will come back and reward VfL path in women’s football,” said Schult, which, however, switched to Angel City FC after the season.
There is no time to mourn, the double should be. In the league finish, VfL is currently ahead in the remote duel with Meister Bayern Munich, on Wednesday the catch-up game at SGS Essen is already pending. In the DFB Cup final on May 28, the permanent winner is also a favorite against Turbine Potsdam.
VfL sees itself on the “start of an insane journey”
“We have to continue with this joy of playing, taking this performance into the next games,” said Tabea Waßmuth. The national striker (47th) had initiated the brave catch-up of the Bundesliga leader against Barcelona with her deflected long-distance shot.
Jill Roord (59.) followed up, but it was no longer enough for the finale on May 21st against the ripped off starring ensemble around world footballer Alexia Putellas.
As in 2019, Barca and record winner Olympique Lyon, who eliminated the Bayern cone Paris St. Germain around Sara Däbritz, struggled for the Henkel Cup in Turin (2: 1/first leg 3: 2) without the injured Dzsenifer Marozsan.
But Wolfsburg, Champions League winner from 2013 and 2014, is on the right track after this big European Cup evening. “Even if this is the end of this, it is the beginning of an insane journey,” said Stroot (33), who only took over VfL last summer with a completely new coaching staff from Stephan Lerch.
The top-class summer transfers Jule Brand (TSG Hoffenheim), Merle Frohms (Eintracht Frankfurt), Marina Hegering (Bavaria Munich) and Sara Agrez (Turbine Potsdam) underline Stroot’s vision “taking the next step next year”.