Wolfsburg: Does that fit? This is how Niko Kovac thinks about Max Kruse

How Max Kruse and Niko Kovac will get along at VfL Wolfsburg is eagerly awaited. In an interview with ‘Sky’, the new coach was now asked directly about the offensive man.

Does Niko Kovac turn a blind eye to Max Kruse?

Does Niko Kovac turn a blind eye to Max Kruse?
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Does that fit? Niko Kovac, the fan of the discipline, and Max Kruse, who is open about the fact that he is not a world training champion. The first answers will be available in three weeks when the new coach starts at VfL on June 20. The first thing on the agenda is the performance diagnostics, two days later the training officially begins. So Kruse has to prove that he is willing to follow the new path under Kovac.

Kruse has to “get used to it first”

The offensive man came over from Union Berlin last winter because Florian Kohfeldt was in charge at Wolfsburg. The coach with whom he got along very well at Bremen and now at VfL. But now that Kohfeldt is gone, as of June 20, Kovac will lead the way. “I’ve never worked with Niko Kovac, so it’s very difficult for me to judge,” Kruse said these days on ran.de. “It’s something different now, you have to get used to it first.”

An introductory phase that will decide what prospects Kruse (contract until 2023 with an extension option) has at Wolfsburg. In any case, his attitude to work, which has been crowned with success, fits only to a limited extent with the ideas of the new coach. “There are players who have to focus on training all week to be able to perform on the weekend,” Kruse emphasized in the spring, adding, “I’m not one of them.”

Fitness and fitness are important to Kovac

How does Kovac think about Kruse beforehand? In an interview with “Sky” earlier in the week, the 50-year-old responded in general to the specific question about the 34-year-old’s offense. “For me, all players are the same,” says the football coach. “If the performance is correct, then everyone gets their fair share. It doesn’t matter if they’re older or younger, more or less experienced.” Only Kovac is already making one thing clear: the subject of fitness and condition is important to him. “If I don’t have the skills to play the 90 minutes, I start calculating. So I always save a place for myself on offense, but also on defense. That means certain situations go wrong on offense and you might give up chances or give up chances.” goals behind. That’s an important point for me.”

Is Kovac turning a blind eye?

That Kruse has designed a little differently for himself so far: “Of course you can run 13 kilometers and twelve of them wrong,” he said. “I try to go the right way and keep an eye on the game and then I’m often right. That was enough with Kohfeldt at the end. But does that also apply to Kovac? “Order and discipline are a requirement for my. But it is also important that the players have certain freedoms”, explains the Croatian. “I like to turn a blind eye, maybe two. But everything has to fit the context.”

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