Der VfL Wolfsburg spielt am Freitagabend beim SV Werder Bremen.
04.10.2018
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“Going in the right direction”

VfL Wolfsburg travel to SV Werder Bremen on Friday evening.

Der VfL Wolfsburg spielt am Freitagabend beim SV Werder Bremen.

Before Wolfsburg’s international stars depart for international duty next week, the Wolves open Bundesliga Matchday 7 with a trip to Werder Bremen on Friday 5 October (kick-off 20:30 CEST). VfL are set for a tough test against Werder, who currently occupy fifth place in the table after an impressive start to the campaign. Head coach Bruno Labbadia also returns to his former stomping ground, having represented Bremen as a player from 1996 until 1998. At Thursday’s press conference ahead of the game, the 52-year-old discussed…

…the Wolves’ upcoming opponents: “I’m expecting a very intense game. Both teams are capable of playing very attacking football. It’ll be interesting to see how we fare against an upwardly mobile opponent like Werder, who have been performing consistently for over a year now. Bremen have made some good signings and are very stable now. They’ve made it clear that their aim is to qualify for Europe and recapture their old form. I’m really looking forward to the game. It’s always special to play on a Friday evening. There’s always a good atmosphere under the floodlights at the Weser Stadium.”

…VfL’s current points haul: “We’ve done very well this season so far, both from a football perspective and as a team. If you look at how we’ve performed, we haven’t really picked up enough points. That doesn’t mean that we’re unhappy, though - we know where we’ve come from and where we were a few months ago. We’re still in the process of stabilising ourselves, but I’m someone who always wants more and I want to transmit that to my players. The important thing now is that the team performs on a consistent basis and continues to go in the right direction.”

…the personnel situation: “Admir Mehmedi is still out due to calf problems. Ignacio Camacho had to pull out of training early yesterday - we have to wait and see if he can play. Jerome Roussillon wasn’t able to train either. He slid into the goal while attempting to clear the ball, got caught and suffered minor injuries to his calf and back. We’ll have to wait and see on that one, too.”

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