Germany: Bundesliga
FT
3 - 0
(1 - 0)
RB Leipzig
Wolfsburg
D. Olmo (13), B. Šeško (68), L. Openda (82)
By Peter Weis@PeterVicey

Hasenhüttl and Schindzielorz speak on relegation fight: "Very dangerous."

Newly appointed VfL Wolfsburg trainer Ralph Hasenhüttl didn't mince words when it came to describing his team's current situation following Saturday's loss to RB Leipzig. 

Hasenhüttl's newly elevated front office partner Sebastian Schindzielorz made a point of emphasizing that everyone in the organization understood the severity of the situation. 

To add some serious insult to injury, VfL Wolfsburg ended up losing against the club rumored to have plucked away their chief sporting executive on Saturday. Sporting CEO Marcel Schäfer left Germany's green company team this week amid rumors that he was in negotiations with RB Leipzig to take over Max Eberl's old administrative position.

The man Schäfter literally just hired to help the German Wolves avoid relegation - former Leipzig trainer Ralph Hasenhüttl - has now lost two of his three matches since taking the reins. Current relegation playoff place holders FSV Mainz 05 - coming off a massive win today - are now within striking distance (two points) of the northern Autostädter.

Chaos threatens. Hasenhüttl and his newly elevated front office colleague Sebastian Schindzielorz made clear that they understood the severity of the situation at their Saturday post-match presser. Wolfsburg face Bochum next week. A loss to the Bundesliga's 15th-placed side, combined with another Mainz win, could lead to the VfL finishing next weekend in relegation territory.

"I thought we played a courageous game today," a haggard-looking Hasenhüttl remarked at the media round, "but that's not to keep us in the league. Courage alone isn't enough. You have to have quality on the pitch and be able to compete for 90 minutes. We're not so good at that at the moment."

Asked about his personnel rotations (five changes) and substitutions that produced nothing, Hasenhüttl got combative. The Austrian admitted that "the plan didn't work out" before insisting that had gained a feel for his team.

"I can guarantee that we know which players we have to rely on now," Hasenhüttl said, "We will bring the team onto the pitch that is capable of winning this important home game against Bochum next week."

"The fight for survival is there," Schindzielorz added, "It's very dangerous. We know that."
 

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