Labbadia: “We’ve got two more finals coming up”
This Thursday, the Wolves play host to Holstein Kiel in the relegation play-off first leg at the Volkswagen Arena.
Last Saturday, VfL Wolfsburg beat 1. FC Köln 4-1 to secure 16th place in the table and a relegation play-off spot. The Wolves take on Holstein Kiel at the Volkswagen Arena in Thursday’s first leg (kick-off 20:30 CEST), before travelling to the Holstein-Stadion for the return leg four days later (kick-off 20:30 CEST). Speaking at Tuesday’s pre-match press conference, head coach Bruno Labbadia shared his thoughts on…
…pre-match nerves: “We know it’s a very tricky situation, but we’re as relaxed as we could be. That’s exactly how we’ve approached the last few days and weeks. Focusing on the game is the best possible thing for us right now. We know what we’re up against and the team is well prepared at this moment in time. The players know all about their system and the opponents we’ll be facing. We’re expecting to face a well-oiled machine that deservedly finished third in Bundesliga 2.”
…Paul Verhaegh: “I’d be very happy if Paul can play but I can’t say for sure right now. He trained well today, but we intentionally kept him out of the aerial challenges, because every day helps a little. It was a big gash that required ten stitches.”
…the personnel situation: “Daniel Didavi trained with us today, but he still has some problems – it remains to be seen whether he’ll be fit to play. Ignacio Camacho has also trained with us over the past few days and it was good that we didn’t take any risks. He’s now had three sessions with us so we’ll just have to wait and see. I hope he makes the squad too.”
…VfL’s opponents: “It’s clear that their players have been playing together for a long time now and that they’re comfortable doing what they do. We’ll need to be focused if we want to leave the field as winners. Holstein Kiel have quality, that much is clear.”
…the convincing 4-1 win against Köln: “There’s no replacement for victories. You can put in all the work you want, but if you don’t get the results you’re not going to get anywhere! The win and the manner of it has done us good. It’s good that we dealt with the pressure – it was like a cup final. We’ve got two more finals coming up now, though.”