VfL head-coach Bruno Labbadia at the press conference ahead of the Leverkusen match.
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"Concentrated on ourselves"

On Saturday, March 3rd, new VfL head-coach Bruno Labbadia will make his debut on the VfL bench in front of the Green-White home fateful, when the Wolves play host to Bayer 04 Leverkusen (kick-off 15:30 CET). On Thursday at the pre-match press conference, Labbadia discussed…

VfL head-coach Bruno Labbadia at the press conference ahead of the Leverkusen match.

… the personnel situation: Aside from the long-term injured John Anthony Brooks, Marcel Tisserand, Felix Ohis Uduokhai, Jakub Blaszczykowski, Sebastian Jung, Ignacio Camacho and Yannick Gerhardt, the Wolves coach can expect to be without the services of Gian-Luca Itter and Victor Osimhen. 

…preparing for the opponents Bayer 04: Naturally, it is the routine of a coach to clearly formulate the characteristics and qualities of the opponents and prepare his side accordingly. There is no doubting that Herrlich’s eleven are "completely different" to the Mainz team from last weekend. 

… the necessary increased flexibility: Frome experience, it’s rarely possible to completely implement a previously set match-plan. "You can and must have a good plan," explained Labbadia, continuing "but not everything can be planned exactly." One must be ready to "react to a new situation".

…his coaching past at Bayer 04 (2008/2009): Without a doubt, the coach had a "very interesting year" in his first Bundesliga station and he "learned a great deal." However, Labbadia will be doing no reminiscing: "Once I am at a club, I dive in completely - emotionally too! My emotions belong completely to VfL."

… the current constellation in the table: The coach cannot and has no intention of forbidding his players from taking an exact look at the situation in the bottom third of the table: "It’s not taboo, but for me it makes no real sense," explained Labbadia. "It’s in our own hands now as to whether we maintain the current situation or improve upon it."

… the significance of creating a team-unit: The VfL coach emphasised the importance of every individual within the team in helping achieve the mutual goal: "We need a bit of a boost from every player."



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