Augsburg - Wolfsburg

Germany: Bundesliga
Augsburg T. Jedvaj (54)
WWK Arena1-2Attendance: 300
Wolfsburg R. Steffen (43), D. Ginczek (90)

Augsburg players bemoan absence of head coach Heiko Herrlich after loss to Wolfsburg

By Laura Brandt

Much to the disappointment of Andreas Luthe and Philipp Max, Augsburg coach Heiko Herrlich wasn't able to be present on Saturday.

Heiko Herrlich.
Heiko Herrlich.Photo: Bayer 04 Leverkusen

Augsburg players expressed their disappointment that their coach Heiko Herrlich wasn't able to take charge of his team for Saturday's 1-2 loss to Wolfsburg in the Bundesliga.

Herrlich missed the game after he left the team hotel to buy toothpaste and skin cream, thus breaking the German Football League's strict health protocol for Bundesliga games.

"It wasn't easy that suddenly the head coach couldn't be there. Of course it sucks. But we did a great job. We were really, really good as a team in the second half. That gives us courage for the next few weeks. It showed that we're not badly prepared," Augsburg goalkeeper Andreas Luthe told Sky after the game.

"I would have wished that he had been there. We had a really good time so far. We'll all be happy if he's back on the bench next weekend," said left-back Philipp Max.

Augsburg boss Stefan Reuter said he hopes that Herrlich will be able to train the team again at the beginning of next week. The Augsburg coach's first corona test came back negative, and he is now set to undergo a second test.

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