First Team

“Keep things tight”

The Wolves are back at the Volkswagen Arena this weekend.

On Saturday 23 May, VfL will finally be back in action at the Volkswagen Arena after a lengthy break. Having won 2-1 at Augsburg as the Bundesliga restarted last weekend, the Green-and-Whites now entertain title hopefuls Borussia Dortmund (kick-off 15:30 CEST). Ahead of the club’s first ever Bundesliga home match behind closed doors, head coach Oliver Glasner spoke about…

... his tactics against Dortmund’s attacking force: “As we do in every match, we’ll defend as a team and try to restrict the space. We can only get to grips with Dortmund’s pace in attack as a team. We managed that very well at Augsburg, where we only allowed one shot on target from open play. The quality of BVB’s attacking players is certainly among the best we’ll face in the Bundesliga, and it will be a test of how much we can defend as a team. Erling Haaland is the burly, robust type of centre-forward that Dortmund were seeking for a long time and hadn’t found. He’s gained a lot of confidence over the last six months.”
... whether they’re underdogs: “I’ve never said we’re underdogs and also never said we’re favourites. I don’t think much of this designation of roles. We’re going into the game to win it and will give everything we’ve got to do that. It doesn’t matter what match it is, whether it’s home or away.”
... the squad: “Wout Weghorst will be back after his suspension, otherwise there are no major changes in the squad. We’ve got another training session tomorrow. Josuha Guilavogui will miss out again, although he’s already completed parts of team training this week without problems and we have high hopes that he’ll be available following the midweek programme.” 
... the mood ahead of the first home match since the break: “I’m very excited that we get to go up against one of the best sides in Germany. We can now demonstrate what we’re talking about and working on every day in training. These are the games that you can get the most from as a team and as a coach. You have to be very precise and good in what you do if you’re to be successful. Even when the opponents have possession, you have to execute everything near enough perfectly in order to keep things tight.”



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