22.11.2021
First Team

“Excitement and hunger”

VfL head coach Florian Kohfeldt and Josuha Guilavogui look ahead to the Champions League match at Sevilla.

The Wolves travel to Sevilla on Tuedsay 23 November (kick-off 21:00 CET) for the penultimate game of this year’s UEFA Champions League group stage. After claiming their first win of the competition with a 2-1 triumph over Salzburg at the Volkswagen Arena on Matchday 4, the Green-and-Whites are aiming to repeat the trick in Andalusia to keep themselves in contention for a place in the knockout stages. VfL boss Florian Kohfeldt and Josuha Guilavogui addressed the media at Monday’s pre-match press conference.

Florian Kohfeldt on…

…the absence of Koen Casteels: “When our captain is ruled out at short notice, it’s not something we’re happy about. On the other hand I’d like to emphasise that in Pavao Pervan, we have someone who has been extremely reliable when called upon. I have no doubt that we’ll have a very good keeper in goal tomorrow.”

…the hosts: “Sevilla are a very intense team whose strengths include working against the ball, which is perhaps a bit unusual for a Spanish side. They’re very strong with the ball, particularly with their passing game. We have to adapt to that but show flexibility too. Up front in particular, we have to play with speed in every situation – otherwise it’ll play into Sevilla’s hands.”

…the importance of the game: “If we want to have more than just one more game in the Champions League, it’s very important. After our home win against Salzburg, the group is wide open for every team. We don’t have the best starting position, but it’s in our own hands and we’re very pleased about that. We don’t have a lot to lose, but we do have a lot to gain. That’s what we want to bring onto the pitch tomorrow – a certain level of excitement and hunger to go further.”

…personnel: “The fact that Josh is sitting here is a strong indicator that he’ll play. Paulo Otavio is also available for the final training session. He passed his final [fitness] test here with flying colours. The likelihood of him being in the squad tomorrow – and possibly even starting the game – is very high.”

Josuha Guilavogui on…

…his physical well-being: “I felt something in training last Wednesday. It was too big a risk to play against Bielefeld, but today I feel really fit. Now the coach has to decide whether I can help the team from the start or whether I’ll start on the bench.”

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