Darmstadt – VfL Wolfsburg had Daniel Caligiuri to thank for their first away win of the season, a 1-0 success at SV Darmstadt 98 on Saturday.
The winger scored the only goal of the game with his second touch after coming on as a substitute. He had a bit more time to speak with reporters after the game, however, and explain to them how much he is looking forward to the upcoming DFB Cup tie with FC Bayern München, a game he says the Wolves fully intend to win.
Question: Daniel Caligiuri, you came on and made your mark immediately… How does it feel now?
Daniel Caligiuri: I think it was the first time that I've ever scored after just two touches of the ball. Of course it's a great feeling to be able to help the team so decisively straight after coming on.
'Our aim is to go back to Berlin again'
Question: How important is it for you to get on the scoresheet?
Caligiuri: Above all it's fun to be part of this team and to have such good partners in attack. It's a great thing for any footballer [to score].
Question: Was it as difficult as you expected it to be against promoted Darmstadt?
Caligiuri: It was a really tough game here, but we were ready for it. The coach prepared us for it well and we fought as we had to. Of course it's a different kind of pitch and a new stadium for us. The conditions under foot are not great and the ball moved quickly due to the moisture. We were really well prepared for it, though, and we were then able to increase the pressure and tempo in the second half.
Question: What can you take out of this game to prepare you for the DFB Cup game against Bayern?
Caligiuri: It's going to be a totally different game against Bayern. We're going to have to get at them from the start and hold our own. We're the cup holders and it's a home game for us so we can go into the game with self-confidence. Our aim is to go back to Berlin again.
Alexander Dionisius reporting from Darmstadt