Oliver Glasner bei einer Pressekonferenz.
25.09.2020
First Team

“A real challenge for us”

VfL head coach Oliver Glasner gives his thoughts ahead of the game against Freiburg.

Oliver Glasner bei einer Pressekonferenz.

Following two victories in UEFA Europa League qualifying and a goalless draw against Bayer Leverkusen to kick off the Bundesliga season, the Wolves’ next match is already on the doorstep as VfL face SC Freiburg at the Schwarzwald-Stadion on Sunday 27 September (kick-off 18:00 CEST).

Glasner discussed the upcoming Bundesliga encounter at his pre-match press conference on Friday.

Oliver Glasner on...

... team news: We thoroughly examined Lacroix today and luckily there's no structural damage, so there's hope that he can be involved against Freiburg. Josip Brekalo has a chance, too.

... an intensive few weeks: “The boys gave a decent account of themselves again today, although obviously you can tell there’s a bit of tiredness. But I can guarantee that against Freiburg we’ll have 11 players on the pitch who are fully fit and ready to win the game. I might give one or two players a rest and bring in some fresh legs. We’ve had four competitive matches and have won three, which obviously helps us mentally during these demanding weeks.”

... Sunday’s opposition: “Freiburg have got off to a good start again, although their game in Stuttgart can be split into two phases. They were very efficient and had everything under control until they went 3-0 up, but then they were lucky the match didn’t end in a draw. They’ve got a tried and tested squad, and they only finished a point behind us last season. Freiburg are a compact team, they battle hard and cover a lot of ground. And then they’ve got players like Nils Petersen who are always capable of getting a goal. They’re also good at dead-ball situations. It’ll be a real challenge for us and we’re looking forward to the game in front what will be a record crowd – for us at least – of 3,000 fans. We haven’t played in front of that many fans in the last six months, so it’ll be nice.”

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