23.03.2021
Women

Confident for crunch clash

VfL Women gear up to face Chelsea in UWCL quarter-final first leg.

The crucial period of the season begins for VfL Wolfsburg Women in the Hungarian capital of Budapest, where the She-Wolves take on English champions Chelsea on Wednesday 24 March (kick-off 17:00 CET/live on Wölfe TV) in the quarter-final first leg of the UEFA Women’s Champions League. At his pre-match press conference, head coach Stephan Lerch spoke about…

…team news: “We have 20 outfield players and three goalkeepers with us. Only Pauline Bremer and Julia Kassen, who are still injured, as well as the youngsters Lotta Cordes and Lisanne Gräwe have stayed at home.”

…the opposition: “For me, when I look at the squad, Chelsea are right behind Olympique Lyon. They added a huge amount of quality before the start of this season, just through the signing of Pernille Harder alone. They’ll be very tight games.”

…VfL’s match plan: “Chelsea’s strengths are in attack, so for us it’s about restricting them as much as possible. We won’t be able to prevent everything. And then, of course, it’s a case of scoring an away goal. Although I don’t want to compare Chelsea with Bremen, we saw on Saturday that we’re capable of creating chances and scoring goals. We’re going into both games against Chelsea with confidence.”

…Pernille Harder: “In my eyes, Pernille is the most complete footballer – she would improve every team. It would be a mistake to only concentrate on Pernille, though. We know her qualities, but we also know where she still has room for improvement. One thing’s for sure, we shouldn’t give her any space if possible.”


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