November 3, 2012
Nurnberg v VfL Wolfsburg: Preview
Team Stat Comparison
|Goals for *||1.4||1.5|
|Goals against *||1.1||1.3|
|Last 5 home||W-L-L-W-W||D-W-D-D-D|
|Last 5 away||W-L-L-D-W||D-D-W-D-W|
|* Goals per match - home matches for home club and away matches for away club|
|Stats: Nurnberg | VfL Wolfsburg|
|3/16||A: Hamburg SV||3/15||A: TSV Eintracht Braunschweig|
|3/23||H: Eintracht Frankfurt||3/22||H: FC Augsburg|
|3/26||H: VfB Stuttgart||3/25||A: Werder Bremen|
|3/29||A: SC Freiburg||3/29||H: Eintracht Frankfurt|
|4/5||H: Borussia Monchengladbach||4/5||A: Borussia Dortmund|
The best application Wolfsburg's caretaker coach Lorenz-Gunther Kostner can submit to keep the job on a permanent basis is with points, and he has already delivered three of them since replacing Felix Magath.
Kostner's side thrashed Fortuna Dusseldorf 4-1 only 48 hours after the former reserve team coach stepped in after Magath stood down and he leads the Wolves to Nurnberg tomorrow looking for another win which would take them out of the relegation zone.
Wolfsburg also won in the DFB-Pokal in midweek, giving Kostner a perfect start to his second temporary stint at the helm, but he does not expect things to be easy tomorrow.
"For me, Nurnberg are the toughest opponents we have this week,'' he said. "Even if they have not yet won at home all season, we have got to be on guard.
"We must not lose patience and have got to try to play a little quicker.''
Attacking midfielder Diego appears to have benefitted the most from the change in coach with a sparkling performance against FSV Frankfurt in midweek.
"It is no secret that, when he has his heart in it, he is an excellent player in a one-on-one situation,'' said Kostner at a press conference.
"I have spoken to him twice and he desperately wants to be part of this team.
"We are all delighted that things are working with him now and that the team also wants to play with him.''
Only Nurnberg coach Dieter Hecking will not be too impressed with the timing of Diego's and Wolfsburg's return to form as he looks to reverse a negative trend of just one point in the last six games.
A defeat at Schalke last weekend led to fans blockading the club's exit from the stadium with calls for Hecking to step down.
"I don't think much of things like that,'' said the club's director of sport Martin Bader. "We fully understand that the fans are worried for their team, but everybody can rest assured that we are equally critical about the situation within the club.
"What matters is that we do all we can up to the 34th game of the season to ensure they see Bundesliga football again in 2013/14.''