At his official unveiling on Friday, new VfL head coach Oliver Glasner spoke of “withdrawal symptoms” caused by the break in football. However, those are a thing of the past now after VfL Wolfsburg kicked off their preparations for the 2019/20 season on Sunday. With midsummer temperatures and around 800 fans watching on, almost all of the exercises that Glasner and his staff had prepared involved the ball. The Green and Whites were on the pitch for around 90 minutes in total, before fulfilling autograph and photo requests from the fans.
Mbabu joining on Monday
New signings Joao Victor and Paulo Otavio both took part in the first session under the new boss, while Kevin Mbabu – who has voluntary cut short his holiday – will join up with his new teammates on Monday. The Wolves’ fourth summer signing, Xaver Schlager, is still on holiday following his exit from the Under-21 European Championship, as are Josip Brekalo and Renato Steffen. Also absent were Felix Uduokhai (still at the U21 Euro), Marcel Tisserand (at the Africa Cup of Nations) and Riechedly Bazoer (illness). Maximilian Arnold and John Anthony Brooks trained individually due to knee problems, while Daniel Ginczek finished the session early as a precaution with a calf issue.
'Up for training'
Glasner was delighted by the number of supporters in attendance for his first training session as VfL coach, particularly given the heat. “There were lots of fans there, it was a good way to kick things off,” commented the 44-year-old. Captain Josuha Guilavogui added: “It’s always nice to have a break, even if you’ve had a good season like we did. However, now I’m really up for training, the new season and also being able to play in the Europa League.”
The Wolves have two sessions on Monday, at 10am and 4pm.
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