Allofs calls for patience

VfL Wolfsburg director of sport, Klaus Allofs, has called for calm from the club’s fans and insists the squad has enough quality to rediscover their form.

The Wolves are yet to win a competitive fixture in 2016 and have not claimed victory in their last five Bundesliga matches, claiming just two points.

Their form has seen them drop down to eighth in the league standings and six points behind Schalke 04 in fourth, which is where they need to be if they are to qualify for next season’s Champions League.

While Allofs admits the club has been playing below expectations in recent weeks, he says it is important not to panic.

“Of course, our main target in recent weeks was to take as many points as possible, but now it’s even more important to win as many games as possible,” he told the club’s website.

“We are not about to become impatient. We have a good team that is willing to perform. The requirements for success are at hand.”

Head coach Dieter Hecking agrees that commitment from the players is not the problem and reveals they are working hard at overcoming their current shortcomings.

“It’s certainly not down to commitment – the team always want to win. Last season, one of our greatest qualities was our ability to recover from setbacks. We have a problem with that at the moment, but we are working on it intensively,” he explained.

“The best way to get out of such a situation is to focus on the footballing basics, take on the fight, win the challenges and play disciplined football over the full ninety minutes. Every positive action in the game boosts self-confidence.

“There is no questioning that the footballing potential is there. If we can implement everything we have spoken about this week on the pitch, we have a good chance of being successful on Saturday.”