VfL Wolfsburg play their fourth game in the space of nine days when they travel to fifth-placed Borussia Dortmund on Saturday 2 November (kick-off 15:30 CET). The fourth-placed Wolves suffered their first defeat of the season in the DFB Cup in midweek but head into the weekend with their unbeaten league record still intact. At Friday’s press conference, VfL boss Oliver Glasner revealed how his players have reacted to losing their 13-game unbeaten run, while also sharing his thoughts on…
…the players’ state of mind after exiting the cup: “We were all very disappointed after getting knocked out so emphatically against Leipzig, but we mustn’t let our heads drop now. We’d previously gone 13 games without defeat but have just been given a hiding. So what’s the truth? Is it only about that defeat in our last game or do we look at the bigger picture, in which we’ve shown over a long period of time that we’re difficult to beat?
“A team has finally managed to beat us, but we mustn’t let our performance in the last half-an-hour against Leipzig define us. On the contrary, we need to focus on what we’ve achieved in the last three months. I see a lot of positive things there.”
…the team’s reaction against Dortmund: “It’ll be exciting to see how the team performs. I’ve never known how the team will react to a defeat until now. When I took over on 1 July, I didn’t think we’d only be discussing [our first defeat] on 1 November. That shows that all the players here have done a lot right. I don’t think the defeat will affect us in the long-term, but we’ll find out on Saturday.”
…the return of captain Josuha Guilavogui: “I’m pleased he’s available again. Josh is highly thought of at the club and a very important figure.”
…the personnel situation: “It’s a very tough time for us, because between games we only have time for two days’ training before our final session. That’s why it’s positive that all available players remain in good shape physically and fully fit.”