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What next for Wolfsburg after surviving another relegation play

cheap moncler outlet Wolfsburg have survived the drop for a second season in a row after beating Holstein buy moncler jackets Kiel in a relegation play off. With former stars like Kevin De Bruyne and Edin Dzeko flourishing elsewhere, what is next for the club? cheap moncler outlet

moncler outlet uk What a difference 10 years can make. Wolfsburg know only too well how fortunes can change from one season to the next, with their trophy success and Champions League participation overshadowed by recent battles against relegation. moncler outlet uk

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But despite their recent struggles, Wolfsburg will feel they deserve their place among Germany’s elite. They are one of three sides to have won cheap moncler the Bundesliga in the last decade alongside Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund.

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But Sky Germany’s Jurek Rohrberg pinpoints the departure of Wolfsburg’s big stars as a reason for their decline, and a lack of cheap moncler sale players to truly replace them.

Record Wolfsburg departures Player Sold to. Transfer fee (from Transfermarkt) Kevin De Bruyne Man City (15/16) 68.4m Julian Draxler PSG monlcer down jackets (16/17) 36m Edin Dzeko Man City (10/11) 33.3m Andre Schurrle Borussia Dortmund (16/17) 27m Ivan Perisic Inter Milan (15/16) 17.1m Ricardo Rodriguez AC moncler outlet sale Milan (17/18) 16.2m Mario Mandzukic Bayern Munich (12/13) 11.7m Bas Dost Sporting Lisbon (16/17) 10.67m Timm Klose Norwich (15/16) 9.9m Luiz Gustavo Marseille (17/18) 9m

“Wolfsburg has a lot of trouble over the last few years,” Rohrberg said. “The turning point was moncler outlet online the loss in Madrid during the 2015/16 Champions League. After that, the team didn’t develop.

“Another problem that Wolfsburg have is they are used as a springboard. After one good season, the best players like De Bruyne for example leave the club very quickly so you can’t create a stable team.

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moncler sale This time nine years ago, Wolfsburg were celebrating their first cheap moncler coats league win. Felix Magath one time manager of Fulham guided them to the title with the longest winning streak in the Bundesliga at the time, and secured their first ever appearance in the Champions League. His team included Brazilian striker Grafite and Dzeko, who scored 28 and 26 goals respectively that season, plus defender Barzagli. moncler sale

But they would not be able to match the same heights over the next few years which included a spell from Steve McClaren as manager but surged back into form in the 2014/15 campaign, which coincided with the February arrival of Schurrle from Chelsea for a then club record fee. Players including De Bruyne, Bas Dost, Naldo and Ricardo Rodriguez were already at the club.

moncler outlet store Recent Bundesliga finishes Season Position Points 2007/08 5th 54 2008/09 1st 69 2009/10 8th 50 2010/11 15th 38 2011/12 8th 44 2012/13 11th 43 2013/14 5th 60 2014/15 2nd 69 2015/16 8th 45 2016/17 16th 37 2017/18 16th 33 moncler outlet store

Former Fortuna Dusseldorf and Cologne striker Klaus Allofs was also two years into his tenure as sporting director, which Rohrberg credits with their improvement, saying: “The bounce from Klaus Allofs was a big shift for the whole club. Allofs had a big experience, good view for talented guys and he moncler mens jackets had good connection all over the world.”

moncler sale outlet They ended that campaign as Bundesliga runners up, won their first domestic cup competition when they beat Borussia Dortmund in the DFB Pokal and qualified once again for the Champions League. moncler sale outlet

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After being voted as 2014/15 player of the moncler outlet season, De Bruyne was sold to Manchester City in the summer but they did not seem to instantly suffer without him, beating Bayern Munich in the DFL Supercup at the start of August. They had a fairly successful Bundesliga campaign finishing in eighth and reached the quarter finals of the Champions League before being knocked out by Real Madrid, which is where Rohrberg says the recent problems began.

cheap moncler jackets sale The 2016/17 season saw them finish in 16th place on 37 points. Wolfsburg went through three managers as the club struggled to keep their heads above water, with Dieter Hecking, Valerien Ismael and Andries Jonker all having spells at the helm. It was the latter who lead the club into their first relegation play off against Eintracht Braunschweig, winning 2 0 on aggregate to keep themselves in the Bundesliga by the skin of cheap moncler outlet their teeth. cheap moncler jackets sale

Edin Dzeko is drenched with beer after Wolfsburg win the Bundesliga in 2009

moncler jackets outlet But lessons were not learnt as they endured another season of struggles. Multiple managers were once again the name of the game as Jonker was dismissed in September, being replaced by Martin Schmidt, who himself lasted six months before the arrival of current boss Bruno Labbadia. moncler jackets outlet

moncler outlet Now that their Bundesliga status is secure for another year at least will Wolfsburg heed the warnings from the last two campaigns? Sky Germany’s Rohrberg believes the moncler sale club need an overhaul both on and off the field. moncler outlet

Andre Schurrle and Ricardo Rodriguez celebrate with the DFB Pokal trophy in 2015

cheap moncler coats “First of all, the club has to build a structure behind the team,” he added. “After the bounce from Olaf Rebbe now sporting director at Huddersfield Town there was only Labbadia as the head coach, but I’m not sure if he will stay in Wolfsburg. cheap moncler coats

cheap moncler “Wolfsburg don’t have enough know how on cheap moncler jackets football business. Maybe they will install Jorg Schmadtke [as sporting director], who last year worked for Cologne, which would be the first step. cheap moncler

Robin Knoche celebrates Wolfsburg’s relegation play off win with fans

“In my opinion, Wolfsburg has to create a new team with a young and offensive strategy. The last few years, they have had a random team.

“But the most important thing is to have continuity on the position as a coach. Last season, they had three changes so you got a disturbance.”.

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