Bundesliga News

VfL Wolfsburg in real contention for top three Bundesliga finish

By Akhil Fisher

The club are unbeaten in their last five Bundesliga matches, having conceded none, thanks to fantastic showings in defense.

Article image
Photo: Ungry Young Man/CC-by-SA 3.0

Wolfsburg’s defensive form of late has been remarkable – having conceded zero goals in the past six outings across all competitions. The last time Wolfsburg conceded was during a 2-2 draw against RB Leipzig, at the Volkswagen Arena - a month ago on January 16.


Ever since the draw, Wolfsburg have scored 9 goals while not letting in a single goal in the back of their net. Instrumental to this run of form are two center-backs who have been absolutely flawless in Wolfsburg’s last 6 matches – John Brookes and Maxence Lacroix.

Both have appeared regularly for Die Wölfe, registering a combined total of 46 appearances. Of the two, Lacroix’s rise to the top has been unprecedented. Last August, he transferred to Wolfsburg for a mere €5m from Ligue 2 side FC Sochaux. Since then, 20-year-old Lacroix has established himself as an integral member of Oliver Glasner’s starting eleven – appearing 24 times and registering more than 2,000 playing minutes.

Apart from the two center-backs, performances by Kevin Mbabu and Paulo Otavio on the wings in the full-back position has been pivotal in maintaining a strong offensive push for the team – by feeding frequent passes to Renato Steffen and Ridle Baku, through Xaver Schlager and Maximilian Arnold - who themselves act as anchors.

The team’s form of late – especially the defensive heroics – have propelled Wolfsburg to a fantastic fourth position in the league currently and in real contention for a top three finish in the Bundesliga.

VfL Wolfsburg sit level on 39 points with 3rd placed Eintracht Frankfurt, who are ahead by a +1 goal difference.


More about Wolfsburg

Bundesliga News

Fantasy Football

Tactics Talk

Editor's picks

Profiles

Turn back time

Bundesliga - FC Bayern - Dortmund