The Volkswagen Arena has been a fortress so far this season, and VfL Wolfsburg are one of only three teams, alongside Eintracht Frankfurt and Bayern Munich, to be unbeaten on home turf in 2020/21.
The Wolves intend to keep it that way this Saturday when Hertha BSC come to town (kick-off 15:30 CET). At his pre-match media briefing, head coach Oliver Glasner discussed…
…personnel: “Josip Brekalo is suffering from concussion. He’s doing well but isn’t allowed to train yet. Tim Siersleben has problems with his calf, so we'll have to wait and see with him tomorrow. Max Arnold was able to take part in full team training today and, like the other available players, will be an option barring any unforeseen circumstances.”
…possible replacements for the suspended John Brooks: “Obviously I’ve got an idea in mind. It’s not causing me any headaches though, because the players have all looked good, regardless of their current roles. Josuha Guilavogui or Marin Pongracic will come into the side at centre-back. I’ll make a decision on the day of the game at the latest.”
…the opposition: “Under Bruno Labbadia they tried a more possession-based approach. Now they’re operating with a compact backline, and in Sami Khedira they’ve brought in a very experienced player. Even though they haven’t scored many goals recently, I consider their attacking department to be among the top third in the Bundesliga. They’ve got pace, physicality and are an unpredictable team.”
…the danger of complacency: “My impression is that the players are very focused. Every week we talk about why things work well and what we can do to improve them. That has led to the players knowing exactly what they have to do. I hope we can continue to perform in such a steady way. If you look at the players Hertha have, you’d think they belong more in European contention than they do in a relegation battle. My players know that too. We’ll approach the game in a serious manner and with the necessary respect.