Der VfL-Wolfsburg-Trainer Oliver Glasner gibt auf dem Spielfeld Anweisungen und zeigt mit seinen zwei Zeigefingern in eine Richtung.
07.01.2021
First Team

“A tough task”

The Wolves head to Berlin with both confidence and respect this weekend.

Der VfL-Wolfsburg-Trainer Oliver Glasner gibt auf dem Spielfeld Anweisungen und zeigt mit seinen zwei Zeigefingern in eine Richtung.

Following VfL’s two recent unfortunate defeats away to big guns Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund, the Wolves face their next challenge on Saturday 9 January (kick-off 15:30 CET) with a trip to Union Berlin, who are among the surprise packages in the Bundesliga this season and currently sit fifth in the table. At his pre-match press conference, head coach Oliver Glasner discussed…

...team news: “Maxence Lacroix won’t be available as he had to sit out training during the week. He had some more examinations following his coronavirus infection and the doctors have advised him to only train individually and not to expect too high an intensity too quickly. The same goes for Jerome Roussillon. Although he’s taken part in sections of training with the team, we want to build him up with caution, so he won’t be available either. Today was the first day that Maximilian Philipp was able to train with the team again without any problems. We’ll see how he reacts tomorrow and if everything’s alright then he could be included in the squad. Pavao Pervan comes out of quarantine tomorrow and then he’ll have another check. He didn’t have any symptoms at all and can’t wait to leave his house again. If we get the green light from the doctors, he’ll travel to Berlin with us.”

…Union Berlin’s season so far: “Union have been a very positive surprise in the Bundesliga this season, although last term they also showed over long periods how well they can play and how compact they are. They’ve carried that into this season and have brought in some very good attacking reinforcements in [Taiwo] Awoniyi and [Max] Kruse, who’s currently injured. They’re a difficult team to play against because they’re very physical, aggressive and stick tight when they’re marking. They’re also really good in transition and are extremely dangerous at set pieces. It’ll be a tough task for us.”

…VfL’s away form: “We lost in Dortmund and Munich last season as well, but where we lost in Gladbach and Freiburg last year, this time we picked up a point in both of those games. With that in mind, our away record against the teams we’ve already played against isn’t much worse than it was last season. On top of that, winning nine of 17 matches on the road like we did last term was something extraordinary. What is certain is that we’ll give everything we’ve got in Berlin to pick up our second away win of the campaign.”

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