In a few weeks, a new chapter will begin in Sarah Aqrey’s life. The Slovenian player will then move from Potsdam to Wolfsburg and after three years in Turbine he will wear the VfL shirt. In Saturday’s cup final (4.45pm, live on Erste and in the hub live on NDR.de), the defender doesn’t want to take her future teammates into account. “It’s a special situation for me. But I focus on myself and will give everything for our team one last time,” said the 21-year-old.
Agro would like to say goodbye to Potsdam with an address. It would be Turbine’s first win over DFB-Pokal since 2006, while Wolfsburg could lift the trophy for the eighth consecutive time and ninth time overall.
Potsdam does not want to ‘stop the bus at the gate’
The newly crowned champion is therefore the favorite. Not only the great cup history speaks volumes for VfL, but also two 3-0 victories in the final season of the Bundesliga against the Brandenburg Women and the nominally better squad. Especially since Potsdam must play in Cologne without injured top scorer Selena Cersei (rupture of the cruciate ligament).
The 21-year-old was one of the best players last season. The omens are not particularly good for coach Sofiane Chahed’s team. What can give him the confidence of footballers, as well as faith in their strength (“We will play bravely and not stop the bus in the goal”), are the past finals.
Because in previous years, it was clear that the “wolves” preferred the finals, but they always had a lot of trouble with strangers. In the last round against Eintracht Frankfurt, the golden goal came to achieve only 1-0 after extra time. Before that, only VfL beat SGS Essen on penalties.
Kirchowski: “You can win every game”
These games, in which the underdog surprisingly confronts the best candidate, “of course give us hope,” Agro said. Her teammate Isabel Kirchowski took the same line: “You can win every game. You have to put your heart into it. You have to work as a team, this is very important. Then every team can be defeated,” said the former Wolfsburg player. For the 34-year-old, like Agro, this will be the last match in the Turbine shirt. Unlike her young colleague, she will not change clubs, but will end her career.
The last match of Blasey, Schulte & Co., in the English Premier League shirt
The same applies to Anna Blass from Wolfsburg. After 15 years in VfL, the defender will play her last game on Saturday. The 35-year-old is the only player on the field in his first Lower Saxony Cup win in 2013. The opponent at the time: Turbine Potsdam.
For Blasey, who is going to move to Switzerland to live with his wife, Lara Dickenman, things are done. In addition to the defensive specialist, Turid Knaak, Shanice van de Sanden, Lotta Cordes and Almuth Schult quit Werkself in the Cologne final. In their final match for the master, they can help make history. Because with the success of the ninth cup, the VfL is tied with the record winners 1. FFC Frankfurt.
Wolfsburg midfielder Svenja Hauth explained: “Every record you can achieve is beautiful. But first of all it’s about winning the game. It’s work every time. Nothing happens.” Her coach Tommy Strutt also understands how difficult the task will be: “We will have to invest a lot to be able to leave the field as winners in the end.”
The underdog was more daring than the cautious candidate. “We have prepared well,” Agro said. “We will give everything because we have nothing to lose.”