Just four days to go until the final of the 2017/2018 season. On Saturday, May 12th, in the home game against 1. FC Köln (kick-off 15:30 CEST), the decision will be made as to whether the Wolves face two further relegation play-off games, secure a place in the top-flight for next season or are immediately relegated to the second division. This week in training, the Green-Whites will be working hard to ensure the best possible outcome. On Tuesday, VfL coach Bruno Labbadia gathered his men for a session at the VfL-Center in beautiful sunshine and glorious early-summer temperatures.
Switching the play
19 Wolves participated in the team session on Tuesday. Ignacio Camacho, Riechedly Bazoer and Gian-Luca Itter worked individually, whilst their colleagues started the work-out with some sprints, before splitting into two teams to face each other in a training-match. Here the focus was clearly on quickly switching the play, with a number of goals being scored on the counter-attack. On man partially involved in the team session was Yannick Gerhardt, who was back in the squad last weekend in Leipzig for the first time, following a long, injury-forced lay-off. "It was very special for me to be back in the squad again against Leipzig. That’s something I’d worked hard for. I no longer have any problems with my foot. I am not quite at 100% just yet, but that’s not so important going into the final game. I’m there if the coach needs me. I want to help the team and achieve our ultimate goal," explained the Wolves number 13.
"Just one target"
Ahead of the clash with Köln, the Green-Whites are well aware of the potentially explosive nature of the tie. In a brief discussion with the gathered media representatives, Gerhardt remarked on the plan of action for Saturday’s game: "Going into this game, we must suppress everything that has gone before. We have just one target. We have something to win – we can maintain our status. We must go about the game positively. Regardless of whether directly on Saturday or through the play-offs. Nothing else matters. We are focused solely on Saturday’s game."