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|What next for Wolfsburg after surviving another relegation play-off?
| maxbet Wolfsburg have survived the drop for a second season in a row after beating Holstein Kiel in a relegation play-off. With former stars like Kevin De Bruyne and Edin Dzeko flourishing elsewhere, what is next for the club?. 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.
They had a tough 2017/18 campaign, finishing in 16th place - just two points ahead of the automatic relegation places - and faced Bundesliga 2 side Holstein Kiel in a play-off that they won 4-1 on aggregate to secure their spot in the top flight next term. 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 the Bundesliga in the last decade alongside Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund.
They have also had some world-class names in the white and green shirt, including recent Premier League winner De Bruyne, World Cup winners Andrea Barzagli, Andre Schurrle and Julian Draxler plus Roma striker Dzeko - who featured in the Champions League semi-finals this season - to name just a few. But Sky Germany's Jurek Rohrberg pinpoints the departure of Wolfsburg's big stars as a reason for their decline, and a lack of players to truly replace them. maxbet
"Wolfsburg has a lot of trouble over the last few years," Rohrberg said. "The turning point was 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.
"This year, Wolfsburg had a young team without big stars, but the mix isn't homogeneous. They don't have real leaders and of course, they miss a real striker like Mario Gomez was." This time nine years ago, Wolfsburg were celebrating their first 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.
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. maxbet