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“Fans’ support will be incredibly important”

VfL head coach Bruno Labbadia has called on the Wolves supporters to get behind their team against FC Augsburg on Saturday.

Nothing less than a fully committed performance will do for VfL against FC Augsburg on Saturday 18 May (kick-off 15:30 CEST). If the Wolves pick up all three points at the Volkswagen Arena on the final day of the campaign, they will be guaranteed a place in the qualifying rounds of next season’s UEFA Europa League. At the press conference ahead of the Matchday 34 encounter, head coach Bruno Labbadia addressed the media about…

…his hopes for the final game of the season: “As well as getting the win, I hope we perform against Augsburg the way we have throughout the entire season. I hope the fans will give the team their full support because these players have given our supporters what they expected this season. Their support will be incredibly important – this is a game in which we have to control our nerves and bring a level of composure out onto the pitch. We can only spread the ball around and show the required level of patience in tight areas if our fans are behind us. Our captain Josuha Guilavogui will also be watching the game in the stands alongside [former VfL midfielder] Josue. It’s a superb gesture and sets the tone nicely.”

…the season so far: “We’ve really had a very positive season. The team changed a lot after the last two seasons and showed what you can achieve as a group.”

…his upcoming departure from VfL: “I’m often asked about my previous coaching roles. A lot of people assume that the only special clubs are the ones where you were successful. For me, the most important thing is always the club you’re in charge of at this precise moment. That’s how I’ve always behaved at VfL Wolfsburg and I’m very pleased to have been able to coach this club. I had an awful lot of fun this season after a tough start. It’s been a long road to get here, but in life you always have to give before you get something in return. I leave the club with a good feeling.”

…personnel: “Jerome Roussillon has been able to take full part in training, but we need to wait and see with him. Just based on the last couple of weeks, I’d prefer to tread a little cautiously. Gian-Luca Itter was ill and is still struggling with a groin problem. Renato Steffen picked up a small thigh muscle problem yesterday – we’ll have to wait and see if he’ll be fit.”



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