Wolfsburg – There is no doubt that VfL Wolfsburg are among the major winners of the first half of the 2014/15 Bundesliga season.
A club record 34 points, second place and a berth in the last 32 of the UEFA Europa League, not to mention a six-point cushion over third-placed Bayer 04 Leverkusen saw the Lower Saxony club exceed even their own expectations in the first four months of the campaign.
- Wolfsburg's defenders are the most prolific in the league with 10 goals, thanks in no small part to , who has netted five.
With 11 goals from set pieces, no other side has been so dangerous from dead-ball situations.
Only one goal has been conceded on the counter-attack – fewer than any other side.
- Only Gladbach failed to take more of their clear-cut chances (19) than Wolfsburg (17).
Wolfsburg's forwards may have been good at scoring, but they did not provide a single assist all season.
Wolfsburg have conceded four goals from crosses – more than any other team.
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"Since we're now second in the table, of course we've got to go for it – we'd be stupid to say we have any other objective."
- Klaus Allofs after the win against Köln on Matchday 17
Thanks to a sensational performance from Ricardo Rodriguez, who scored two, the Wolves dictated the game from start to finish, showing a level of dominance rarely seen before from a side who had not won all season until then. A fortnight later, they started a run of six straight wins.