The players and staff at VfL Wolfsburg were at a loss to explain their 5-1 thrashing at the hands of Borussia Dortmund at Signal Iduna Park in the Bundesliga on Saturday.
The result extended the club’s run of league games without a win to seven and effectively ended any hopes they may have had of qualifying for European competition next season, leaving them languishing in 10th position in the table, nine points short of Schalke in sixth, which is the final Europa League place.
“We are all massively disappointed and frustrated that we once again failed to put in a good performance,” club captain Diego Benaglio told the club’s official website.
“We had really high hopes and wanted to show another side to ourselves, but we got off to a very bad start. We got a grip on ourselves after the 0-2 and did a bit better until the break, but we fell apart after the 0-3,” he added.
Wolfsburg went into the match full of confidence after a successful week of training, but ultimately fell well short of their expectations for the game.
“We worked well during the week, had a lot of fun in training and had big plans to be aggressive, determined and committed. That was all blown apart after nine minutes,” explained Andre Schurrle.
Club sporting director Klaus Allofs agreed, saying: “In training there were positive signals and you got the feeling that things could go better. We didn’t achieve that though.
“Right now, the way we are reacting as a team is just not enough and that’s something we should be concerning ourselves with. That’s mediocre – maybe even less than that at the moment,” he concluded.