The Wolfsburg development squad set off for England on Tuesday for their first match in the 2018/19 Premier League International Cup. The team – led by Ton Lokhoff, assistant coach of the Wolves’ reserve team – take on Athletic Bilbao’s under-23 side on Wednesday 26 September. The match is being played at The Electrical Services Stadium, home of English fifth-tier side Aldershot Town.
The Wolves are excited ahead of their opening group game in a tournament they’ve taken part in twice before and regard highly. “It’s great for the whole club and particularly the young players that we’re in it again,” said Lokhoff. “In the Premier League International Cup we can test ourselves at European level. That aids the development of every player.”
Six first-team players involved
The VfL development squad is composed of players from the first team, U23s and U19s. Six senior players will be travelling to England for the game against Bilbao, namely Phillip Menzel, Sebastian Jung, Jeffrey Bruma, Marcel Tisserand, Gian-Luca Itter and Paul Seguin. Jannes Tasche, Dominik Franke, Amara Conde, Murat Saglam, Malcolm Badu, Richmond Tachie and Yannik Möker have been selected from the U23s. U19 quartet Amir Abdijanovic, Jesaja Herrmann, Tim Siersleben and John Yeboah Zamora complete the squad. Assisting Lokhoff in the dugout will be Ingo Schlösser (U19 assistant coach) and Henning Bürger (U17 assistant coach), while fitness coach Björn Muser, goalkeeping coach Andreas Hilfiker and VfL academy sporting director Pablo Thiam will also be among the travelling party.
Third time lucky
Having narrowly being knocked out at the group stage in the last two years, the Wolves will be looking to reach the knockout stages at the third time of asking.