VfL Wolfsburg Trainer Oliver Glasner im Stadion vor dem Spielertunnel.
21.11.2019
First Team

“I’m confident we’ll enjoy more success”

Wolves head coach Oliver Glasner welcomes back several key players to his squad for Saturday’s trip to Eintracht Frankfurt.

VfL Wolfsburg Trainer Oliver Glasner im Stadion vor dem Spielertunnel.

VfL play eight times in the final four weeks before the winter break, starting with a visit to Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday 23 November (kick-off 15:30 CET). At the press conference ahead of the game, head coach Oliver Glasner answered the media’s questions on…

…the return of several players from injury: “Koen Casteels, Admir Mehmedi and Xaver Schlager are all back in training, and Daniel Ginczek is more or less taking full part again too. Of all our long-term casualties, Ignacio Camacho is the only one who remains sidelined. Yunus Malli has unfortunately suffered a back problem, but everyone else is available for Frankfurt.”

…his expectations ahead of the game: “It’s going to be a very tough encounter. Eintracht forged an unbelievable bond with their fans last season, partly due to their success in the UEFA Europa League. They’ve managed to continue that this season, which is why I’m expecting to face a powerful attacking side who commit six or seven players into our box on a regular basis. They’re well organised but also have a cutting edge. Clearly, however, a team that attacks with so many players also leaves spaces at the other end. Their opponents managed to exploit those spaces in the 4-2 defeat by Mönchengladbach and we’re looking to do the same.”

…VfL’s four successive defeats: “We don’t have to sugar-coat anything. With four defeats, the period between the last two international breaks clearly wasn’t a successful or satisfactory one for us. We’re very critical of ourselves, but I’m confident we’ll enjoy more success in the final four weeks of 2019 than we have of late.”

…the decision to hold several recent training sessions behind closed doors: “I’m not a big fan of training in secret, but our work on set-pieces was recently uncovered by Saint-Etienne, who always knew which move we were planning. The only sensible solution is to train behind closed doors. After all, Frankfurt isn’t as far away as Saint-Etienne.”

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