Der Cheftrainer des Vfl Wolfsburg Oliver Glasner am Spielfeldrand.
21.01.2021
First Team

“Expecting a ding-dong battle”

The Wolves begin the second half of the season at Bayer 04 Leverkusen on Saturday.

Der Cheftrainer des Vfl Wolfsburg Oliver Glasner am Spielfeldrand.

After rounding off the first half of the campaign with a 2-0 win at 1. FSV Mainz 05, fifth-placed VfL kick off the second half of 2020/21 on Saturday 23 January (kick-off 15:30 CET) against Bayer 04 Leverkusen, who currently occupy third spot. Ahead of the trip to the BayArena, VfL head coach Oliver Glasner answered the media’s questions on…

…the opposition: “Bayer are a really good team with a lot of quality and pace in attack. They counter-press very aggressively and always put you under pressure. That’s why it’s important to find quick solutions and get in behind the defence. That isn’t easy, but it’s pretty much the only option to free yourself from that pressure.”

…the game itself: “We still have fond memories of our most recent trip to Leverkusen. It was definitely one of our best games since I’ve been in Wolfsburg. We’re prepared. I’m expecting a real ding-dong battle. Both teams will try to get forward quickly. We’ll need to be efficient in attack, like we were against Leipzig. Defensively, we need to build on the performance against Mainz. We want to take the three points with us.”

…personnel: “Unfortunately there’s no news regarding Jerome Roussillon. He had a check-up today, now we need to wait and see what the medical department says. Jeffrey Bruma remains in quarantine at home. Daniel Ginczek also has a back problem, wasn’t able to train for two days and won’t be available either. Marin Pongracic is doing well, but we’ve decided to leave him at home too so he can improve physically through training. We now need to figure out whether it’s sensible for him to work on an individual programme or for us to include him in the squad.”

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