Bruno Labbadia during the pre-match press conference ahead of the clash with Mönchengladbach.
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“Committed approach”

The Wolves will be looking to claim three points against Borussia Mönchengladbach with a compact display.

Bruno Labbadia during the pre-match press conference ahead of the clash with Mönchengladbach.

The Wolves’ second Friday evening outing in succession sees Bruno Labbadia’s charges travel to Borussia Mönchengladbach (kick-off 20:30 CEST), where they will be looking to improve on their performance in last week’s goalless draw at home to FC Augsburg. Ahead of the trip to Gladbach, Labbadia shared his thoughts on…

…the Wolves’ approach: We’ve played well in our last three games and need to maintain that level of performance. It’s important to be compact as a unit, close down the spaces and show the required aggression in the challenges. At the same time we must show that we can handle being in possession and exploit the spaces -  just as we did against Augsburg. That will be crucial against Mönchengladbach, who are a very good footballing side.

…the personnel situation: The situation is worse than it was against Augsburg. Felix Uduokhai is suspended and none of our injured players are ready to return. Josuha Guilavogui and Ignacio Camacho won’t be involved. Jeffrey Bruma isn’t an option either - he’s been off for two weeks but has developed problems with his injured knee. Camacho has a muscle strain and Guilavogui has also been nursing a minor muscle injury for quite some time. He’s played through the pain barrier recently but that’s no longer possible. We can’t make any promises but we’re hoping both players will be fit for the Hamburg match [on Matchday 32].

…the selection dilemma in midfield: We need to consider how we can fill the gap in defensive midfield. We solved the problem with a three-man back-line against Augsburg, but we have to see what we can come up with on this occasion. We don’t have many options at the back. That makes it all the more important that we adopt a committed approach. It must be clear to everyone that we can only function as a collectively determined unit. We’ve done that well in recent weeks and got some decent results because of it. We could have picked up more points, but the basics are there and we need to keep that up.

…the situation at the foot of the table: We have to face the music. We need to focus all our efforts on putting in a good performance. That’s the most important thing for me. I don’t have time to worry about anything else. I’m 95 per cent focused on my team, the other five per cent is reserved for our next opponent.



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