The Champions League is no longer a pipe dream for Wolfsburg. After this latest win on the road in Bielefeld, the Wolves are undefeated in eight and on the right side of a gap that is emerging between the current top four and the chasing peloton.
It’s not shocking considering how good Wolfsburg has been since the turn of the year. Under Oliver Glasner, they haven’t even conceded a goal in their last six league games – seven including the cup win over Schalke – and are rapidly becoming the Bundesliga’s most successful outfit.
But the scorer of Wolfsburg’s third and best goal of the night, Max Arnold, was calculated in his appreciation of his teammates.
“It only counts after the 34th matchday, and we still have a lot to do before then. But we can be satisfied because we managed to show a clever and mature performance,” he told broadcaster DAZN.
Their new clean sheet never looked in doubt under the Friday night lights at the Alm in Bielefeld. Armenia’s Monday night effort in the Munich snow won them a point but they never hit those heights here, as Wolfsburg held them at arm’s length.
For once, Wolfsburg’s chief target threat wasn’t Wout Weghorst. This time Renato Steffen did the damage with a double – almost a year to the day after his last brace for Wolfsburg – making lead an unassailable one. His first finished a swift Wolfsburg counter-attack, while his second capitalized on a spillage by Arminia keeper Stefan Ortega.
Arnold applied the polish to a compelling display with a sumptuous strike from distance, which killed off any hopes Arminia might have had for a fightback. Armenia coach Uwe Neuhaus could only laud the success of the visitors, conceding that his side was well defeated.