Wolfsburg coach reprimands Max Kruse after sharp criticism of Magath

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Wolfsburg’s coach reprimands Kruse after sharp criticism of Magath

Max Kruse fired at Felix Magath's training methods during a question-and-answer session with fans broadcast on his Twitch channel

Max Kruse fired at Felix Magath’s training methods during a question-and-answer session with fans broadcast on his Twitch channel

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Before appearing at 1. FC Köln, Wolfsburg coach Florian Kohfeldt takes on his top scorer Max Kruse. He had made derogatory remarks about Hertha’s coach Felix Magath. Wolfsburg’s sports director Schäfer also says something about Kruse – though more charming than Kohfeldt.

BAt VfL Wolfsburg, goal scorer Max Kruse’s critical comments about Hertha coach Felix Magath were not well received. “I found this explicit statement inappropriate and I told him so,” Wolfsburg coach Florian Kohfeldt said Thursday. Sports director Marcel Schäfer joined the criticism: “It is inappropriate to talk about Bundesliga colleagues in general or to express some criticism.”

Wolfsburg’s top scorer Max Kruse had ruled out that he would ever play under Magath. “I go everywhere. But never to Magath,” Kruse said recently in a question-and-answer session with fans broadcast on his Twitch channel: “He’s a Scheucher! But I heard he gives you a break after 30. “But he’s sick! He’s making medicine balls until people vomit.”

Schäfer stressed that Kruse’s statements also went against someone who had achieved “extraordinary things” in Wolfsburg. Magath led Wolfsburg to their only German championship in 2009. His way of being “much appreciated” by VfL. “Although one can say with a smile: What would have happened to Max Kruse if he had trained under Felix Magath,” Schäfer said. According to the statements, he did not seek contact with Magath.

Wolfsburg’s last victory at 1. FC Köln was with Magath

VfL Wolfsburg secured relegation last weekend with a 1-1 draw in Stuttgart. Lower Saxony has been in the Bundesliga without interruption since 1997 and has never been relegated – like only Bayern, Augsburg, Leverkusen, Leipzig, Hoffenheim and Union. It was twice very close to the wolves: In 2017 and 2018, VfL only saved itself as the 16th through relegation – the upcoming opponent 1. FC Köln (Saturday at 15.30 in the sports sticker at WELT) made this experience in 2021.

The significant increase in performance in Cologne compared to last season took place mainly at their own stadium. In 2020/21, FC scored only 14 points in front of their home crowd and won only three of their 17 home games. Under Steffen Baumgart, the number of home points has now more than doubled compared to the previous season, and the number of home wins has even tripled.

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Cologne is unbeaten against VfL Wolfsburg in six Bundesliga home games (three wins and three draws). The Rhineland lost at home to the Wolves for the last time more than ten years ago. On August 6, 2011, VfL won the season opener under coach Magath 3-0 in Cologne.

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