Cheftrainer Kohfeldt und Lukas Nmecha bei der Pressekonferenz.
01.11.2021
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“Extremely excited about the game”

VfL head coach Florian Kohfeldt and Wolves striker Lukas Nmecha address the media ahead of the Champions league clash with Salzburg.

Cheftrainer Kohfeldt und Lukas Nmecha bei der Pressekonferenz.

VfL Wolfsburg host FC Salzburg in a crucial UEFA Champions League group match on Tuesday evening (kick-off 18:45 CET) – just three days after beating Bayer 04 Leverkusen 2-0 away from home in Florian Kohfeldt’s first match in charge of the club. Kohfeldt and Nmecha addressed the media at Monday’s pre-match press conference.

Florian Kohfeldt on…

…making his managerial debut in the Champions League: “I’m extremely excited about the game. I’ve only ever been to the stadium as a visiting coach, and on top of that it’s obviously my Champions League debut. It’s something I’ve always dreamed about as a coach and tomorrow it’ll be the day. I’ll go into the game with a lot of enthusiasm and excitement and I hope it’ll rub off on the team.”

…possible personnel changes: “They’re different opponents and that means there could be changes. Salzburg play a crisp and very intense brand of football. If you only look at the performance of the players against Leverkusen, there aren’t that many reasons to make changes. Our squad gives us the option of making a few adjustments. It’s particularly important that we match them in terms of tempo.”

…the current standings in the group: “When it comes to qualifying from the group, the current situation is by no means hopeless. However, it would be extremely helpful if we were to get three points from tomorrow’s game, so that we get to hear the Champions League anthem after Christmas.”

…Wout Weghorst’s return: “I can’t give a firm answer yet regarding his chances of making an appearance. Wout trained yesterday and looked good, but we’ll have to wait and see how he reacts. A cameo appearance might be a more natural solution. Wout is very likely to be in the squad. Jerome Roussillon is also back.”

Lukas Nmecha on…

…confidence levels after beating Leverkusen: “We had a period at the start of the season where we won several games. We’ve managed to get another win now, but I’d rather focus on the next game than spend too long celebrating our last win.”

…last month’s game in Salzburg: “Their team has many strengths and we have to admit we didn’t play a good game in Salzburg. There’s a conviction among the players to give everything against our opponents on Tuesday, and we know we have the players in our ranks to win against Salzburg.”

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