VfL Wolfsburg can take a sizeable step towards securing their top-flight status against HSV on Saturday.
Victory for the Wolves against fellow strugglers Hamburger SV on Saturday will condemn the visitors to relegation from the top flight for the first time in their history. Ahead of the crucial clash at the Volkswagen Arena, VfL head coach Bruno Labbadia shared his thoughts on a number of issues…
…the impressive form of struggling HSV and Köln: “The most important thing right now is that HSV are five points adrift. It doesn’t matter who you are - if you’re near the bottom and everyone else has already written you off you can sometimes put a good run of results together. Just look at Köln! You can play with an element of freedom. The advantage for us is that it’s in our hands. We either allow HSV to close the gap or take a big step towards safety.”
…his time at HSV: “When I’m working for a particular club I always put my heart and soul into it. Afterwards I tend not to dwell on things for too long. I’ve learned not to dwell on the past, but rather to focus on what’s to come. It’s obviously an emotional occasion for me, but only because my team are involved and we want to get the three points.”
…Lewis Holtby’s comments about not wanting to be in VfL’s shoes: “Nobody feels comfortable in a relegation battle, whether it’s HSV or ourselves. With our five-point advantage I feel we’re in a much more comfortable position than HSV.” …VfL’s disappointing points haul: “With the exception of the Gladbach game we’ve done quite well of late. We just haven’t picked up enough points! There are a lot of things you can earn for yourself, but you need to have that little bit of luck on your side too. Thankfully our fate is still in our hands.” …the Wolves’ preparations: “I’m not really into magic but as a coach you have to have some tricks up your sleeve. On Monday we got together and agreed we wanted to put in a good week’s training, which is exactly what we’ve done. It’s important to relax too, though. After yesterday’s light session we watched a nice film together, which helped recharge our batteries.”