VFL Wolfsburg made a positive start to life under Oliver Glasner as they dispatched Köln 2-1. Goals from Maximilian Arnold and Wout Weghorst put Wolfsburg in a comfortable position as the home side picked up all three points despite a late goal from Simon Terodde. Glasner is one of the coaches to look out for this Bundesliga season and Wolfsburg will have ambitions of challenging for a European spot. This tactical analysis aims to look at how Wolfsburg played under their new coach and where Köln struggled.
Wolfsburg lined up in a 3-4-2-1 formation. The ever-reliable Joshua Guilavogui was played in defence as a centre-back as opposed to his usual role as a defensive midfielder. The Frenchman played alongside Robin Knoche and John Anthony Brooks in what was an imposing backline. In midfield, club stalwart Max Arnold was paired with new signing Xaver Schlager. Jerome Roussillon and William played as the wing-backs. Joao Victor, who followed Glasner from Linz, played in the attack along with Felix Klaus. Wout Weghorst led the attack.
Köln opted for a 4-2-3-1 with Anthony Modeste leading the line. The experienced Timo Horn was in goal as Jonas Hector played as left-back. Dominick Drexler was the attacking midfielder with Florian Kainz and Kingsley Schindler on the wings. The highly-rated Jorge Meré played in defence.
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