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Satisfaction for both coaches as Wolfsburg and Bremen draw

WOLFSBURG, GERMANY - MARCH 03: Admir Mehmedi of VfL Wolfsburg and Johannes Eggestein of Werder Bremen battle for the ball during the Bundesliga match between VfL Wolfsburg and SV Werder Bremen at Volkswagen Arena on March 03, 2019 in Wolfsburg, Germany. (Photo by Martin Rose/Bongarts/Getty Images)
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Bruno Labbadia and Florian Kohfeldt spoke to the press after the match, and only Labbadia lamented losing the 1-0 lead.

John Brooks scored in the 54th minute for Wolfsburg, but the Wolfs did not hold their lead and ended up tying 1-1 with Werder Bremen after a Max Krause goal in the 74th minute.

And after the German Bundesliga match, both coaches spoke to the press and said they were satisfied, with only Wolfsburg boss Bruno Labbadia a bit disappointed.

“It was a big compliment to us that a team with a possession-based style like Werder Bremen set up with a 4-5-1 formation,” Labbadia told the Wolfsburg official website.

“We started the second half in exactly the same way as the first because I told the lads to be patient and keep playing the way they were.”

“There’s always a danger that you lose your patience at some point when your opponents are defending well,” he added.

“The team did very well in that respect. After deservedly taking the lead, we failed to score the second goal and then Werder have the individual quality of Max Kruse to score a goal like that. It’s frustrating for us because we would’ve deserved the three points.”

The Wolfs stayed in seventh position in the Bundesliga table with 39 points, while Bremen lie in tenth with 33.

“That was one of our toughest away games for a while. We knew beforehand that Wolfsburg like to switch positions, particularly in attack, and that they’re very hard to contain,” said Bremen’s manager Florian Kohfeldt.

“The goal we conceded was a frustrating and silly one for us because we were starting to feel we could create more in the second half.”

“On the question of offside, I have to say clearly that I’m happy the goal wasn’t disallowed,” he continued.

“You have to let situations like that go – we just defended it badly. After that, we had a ‘now or never’ mentality and had a few chances to score. In the end, it was a deserved point for us and a very important one for our position in the table.”