In a few weeks, a new chapter in Sara Agrež’s life begins. The Slovenian international then moves from Potsdam to Wolfsburg and, after three years in Turbine, will wear the VfL jersey. In today’s cup final (16.45, live on Erste and in the live center on NDR.de) the defender does not want to take his future teammates into consideration. “It’s a special situation for me. But I focus on myself and will give everything for our team one last time,” said the 21-year-old.
Agrež would like to say goodbye to Potsdam with a title. It would be Turbine’s first DFB-Cup victory since 2006, while Wolfsburg can lift the trophy for the eighth time in a row and ninth time overall.
Potsdam does not want to “park the bus at the gate”
The newly crowned champion is therefore the clear favorite. Not only the impressive cup history speaks for VfL, but also its two 3-0 victories in the last Bundesliga season against the Brandenburg women and the nominally much better manned squad. Especially since Potsdam will play in Cologne without their injured top scorer Selina Cerci (torn cruciate ligament).
The 21-year-old was one of the high-flying last season. The warnings are not particularly good for coach Sofian Chahed’s team. What can give him and his football players confidence, in addition to believing in their own strength (“We want to play bravely and not park the bus in the goal”), are the previous finals.
For in previous years, the “wolves” had always been clearly favored in the final, but always had big problems with the outsider. In the last series against Eintracht Frankfurt, the golden goal came to 1-0 only after extra time. Before that, VfL only won over SGS Essen on a penalty kick.
Kerschowski: “You can win every match”
These games where the underdog faced the favorites surprisingly well, “obviously give us hope,” Agrež said. Her teammate Isabel Kerschowski took the same line: “You can win every game. You have to put your heart into it. You have to act as a team, that’s very important. Then every team is affordable,” said the former Wolfsburg player. For the 34-year-old, it will be, just like for Agrež, the last match in the Turbine jersey. Unlike her young teammate, however, she does not want to change clubs, but end her career.
Last match for Basse, Schult and Co. in the VfL jersey
The same goes for Anna Basse from Wolfsburg. After 15 years in VfL, the defender will play his last match on Saturday. The 35-year-old is the only player to be on the pitch in Lower Saxony’s very first cup victory in 2013. The opponent at the time: Turbine Potsdam.
For Basse, who is moving to Switzerland to live with his wife Lara Dickenmann, things have gone into circulation. In addition to defensive specialist Turid Knaak, Shanice van de Sanden, Lotta Cordes and Almuth Schult also emerged from Werkself in the Cologne final. In their final battle for the champion, they can help write history. For with the ninth cup success, VfL would draw level with the record winners 1. FFC Frankfurt.
“Any record you can achieve is nice. But first and foremost, it’s about winning a match,” Wolfsburg midfielder Svenja Huth explained: “It’s work every time. Nothing happens.” And her coach Tommy Stroot also knows how difficult the task is: “We will have to invest a lot in order to eventually be able to leave the field as winners.”
The underdog was a little braver than the cautious favorite. “We have prepared well. We will give everything because we have nothing to lose,” said Agrež.