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Wolves coach Köstner:

‘I’m not interested in the past’

Eight and a half years after last coaching in the Bundesliga with Unterhaching, Lorenz-Günther Köstner is back. The 58-year-old took the Wolfsburg helm from Armin Veh last week. “I’m going at the new job with great determination,” he told Köstner explained how he hopes to turn things around at his new club, hopefully starting against Bayern. “You’re in with a chance in every match,” he said, pointing to a good personal record against FCB.

Interview: Lorenz-Günther Köstner Welcome back to the Bundesliga. Did you honestly think you’d return?
Köstner: “You can never rule anything out. I’ve spent the last year working with the Wolfsburg reserves and wasn’t contemplating anything else. But I’m delighted about the new task, and I’m going at the new job with great determination.” How happy were you with your debut in Hamburg?
Köstner: “Obviously we were disappointed about their last-minute equaliser, especially as the free-kick was never a foul. But it was just a snapshot in time. At the end of the day, I wanted to see the team fight, and 1-1 counted as a good result.” Alongside Freiburg and Hertha, Wolfsburg have the worst defence in the league. Was that the first area you looked at after taking over from Armin Veh?
Köstner: “It’s where I started, without losing sight of the bigger picture. But the past is no longer relevant. The key thing is to start tasting success again. We made a good start in Hamburg – and we defended well.” “Felix is back,” Sascha Riether said after one of your workouts this week. Are you a similar boss to Felix Magath?
Köstner: “Sascha Riether said that because of the medicine balls, but I always use those. I’m probably as much of a gnarled old character as Felix, and I definitely work hard and focus on the basics in football.”