As the Bundesliga season enters its final stages, the Wolves are hoping to end what has already been a highly successful campaign by sealing their place in Europe for 2019/20. At his press conference ahead of VfL’s penultimate fixture - a trip to VfB Stuttgart on Saturday 11 May (kick-off 15:30 CEST) - head coach Bruno Labbadia spoke to the assembled media about…
…personnel: “We need to wait and see how Jerome Roussillon fares in training today. He was able to take full part yesterday so we’ll see how things go today. John Brooks will miss our last two games - his medial ligament is causing him some discomfort, so we decided it doesn’t make sense [to play him]. It’s obviously a big shame but the others will fill in for him. Sebastian Jung and Gian-Luca Itter were able to train yesterday.”
…the absence of key defender Brooks: “We’ve managed to replace Koen Casteels. Last week against Nürnberg we even had to replace the entire back four and I’m impressed how the team handled that. We need to do the same on this occasion. Jay has earned himself a first-team place and has been a key figure this season. That’s why it’s a big shame he’s not available.”
…Saturday’s opponents and his expectations: “VfB produced two very different performances in their last two games. They beat Gladbach at home but then lost to Hertha. The key thing is that they’ve picked up 19 of their 24 points this season in front of their own fans. We need a good performance and I’m expecting their fans to back their team to the hilt.
"We need to play to our maximum and we’re capable of doing so, as we showed against Hoffenheim and Nürnberg. We go into the game with a great deal of excitement, but we also know we’ll be facing tough opposition and a different style of football. We’re mainly focusing on ourselves, though, and we’ll try to show the qualities that have made us tough to play against recently.”