Although VfL Wolfsburg’s 1-1 draw with Hertha Berlin leaves them no better off in the standings, there are signs that Dieter Hecking’s men are turning a corner.
The Wolves ended a seven-match winless spell with a 2-0 victory over FC Ingolstadt 04 last weekend and, after getting the better of KAA Gent in the UEFA Champions League in midweek, were desperately unlucky not to take all three points in the capital.
'How we should be playing'
It was largely down to some exceptional goalkeeping from Hertha’s Rune Jarstein that Wolfsburg did not take the spoils: Maximilian Arnold, Marcel Schäfer and Vieirinha were all denied by the imposing Norwegian, before Brazil international midfielder Luiz Gustavo struck the woodwork late on. A bit more luck, and the Wolves may well have returned home with a rare away win.
"You could see this week that we’ve tried really hard to win our games," said Wolfsburg left-back Schäfer after putting the visitors ahead with his first Bundesliga goal since December 2013 on Saturday afternoon. "We fought right until the end for the win here today, too. It’s how we should be playing."
With FC Bayern München up next in the Bundesliga, momentum is everything. As many as six teams are vying for third and fourth place, but Wolfsburg are currently at the back of the queue in eighth, five points adrift of third-in-the-table Hertha. They also have a raft of injuries to contend with - Bast Dost, Andre Schürrle and Sebastian Jung to name but a few.
There is, however, ample encouragement to be gleaned from the Wolves' impressive record at the Volkswagen Arena. While they have amassed a league-low seven points on the road, with seven goals scored and 20 conceded so far this term, the 2014/15 Bundesliga runners-up have fared far better in their own back yard (W7, D3, L1). Aside from setting the travel-sick club up nicely for their trip to rock-bottom Hannover 96 on Matchday 24, a positive result against the defending champions could be the spark needed to reignite their see-sawing campaign.