First Team

“Concentrate fully on the Bundesliga”

Oliver Glasner on VfL’s visit to Hoffenheim this weekend.

The Wolves round off a busy week with a visit to TSG Hoffenheim on Saturday 6 March (kick-off 15:30 CET). They may have been knocked out of the DFB Cup by RB Leipzig on Wednesday evening but VfL remain one of the strongest teams in the Bundesliga, picking up 13 points from their last five games without conceding a single goal. At Friday morning’s pre-match press conference, VfL head coach Oliver Glasner revealed how the Green-and-Whites plan on extending their unbeaten run and consolidating their place in the UEFA Champions League spots

Oliver Glasner on…

…occupying third place in the table: “I feel really good when I look at the table – with 45 points after 23 matches we’ve almost averaged two points per game. Our motivation is to keep getting better, rather than just focusing on results. We need to find even quicker solutions, make even better decisions, make fewer mistakes and be even more efficient. That’s what we’re working towards. In Hoffenheim, we want to build on our performances in the league, win the game and concentrate fully on the Bundesliga.”

…VfL’s impressive points average: “It confirms what we’ve all achieved together in the last 20 months, but now isn’t the time to take stock. We’re doing really well and there’s still a lot more to come. We won’t let our frustrating cup exit in Leipzig knock us off our stride, but we’ll keep going until Matchday 34.”

…the 18-point lead over TSG: “As a team, we’ve taken a big step in the right direction and have kept producing good performances. Hoffenheim are a team with great footballing quality and a balanced squad. They play much better football than their current points tally and league position suggests. I’m therefore expecting a difficult game and we need to produce a really good performance.”

…team news: “We’ll be without Jerome Roussillon, Marin Pongracic is suspended and Josip Brekalo twisted something towards the end of the cup game. He’s experiencing pain in his ankle. We’ll see in our final training session whether he can make it or if he has to sit out the trip to Sinsheim. All the other players are fit.”



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