Head coach Martin Schmidt.
15.02.2018
First Team

"Positivity and courage"

On Saturday, the Green-Whites clash with FC Bayern Munich.

Head coach Martin Schmidt.

The all-time Bundesliga record holders are coming to Wolfsburg: This coming Saturday, January 17th (kick-off 15:30 CET), the Green-Whites will be back in the hunt for points once again. In FC Bayern Munich, who have won each of their last nine Bundesliga games, the Wolves will certainly have their work cut out for them. However, VfL head-coach believes his side are in with a genuine chance. Ahead of the clash with the league-leaders in Germany's top-flight, the Swiss coach spoke about…

…the approach against the Bavarians: Bayern want the ball at the feet and when they lose possession, they immediately begin to press. If we can overcome that, we'll have the space and time to play football. We need to be prepared and take some courage from that. You can't afford to just fire the ball back to their feet and have to begin defending again. The pressure would then just become too extreme. We must go into the game against Bayern with positivity and a great deal of courage, as well as displaying a little less fear. I need to remove some of the respect within my team and let them know they can also hurt Bayern. If we can instil that, we'll see a good performance from my team on Saturday - that I firmly believe!

…the current line of approach: From my experience, I know that the success will then return if you remain calm and work hard and intensively during that time. Training yesterday was extremely hard, but we had a really good feeling afterwards, because everyone knew what they had invested. During periods of transition, there are always setbacks. At the moment we are not raising our game, but rather continuing on level-ground, because we are carrying a considerable weight on our shoulders. You can see that from the squad. We seldom, or basically never, have the complete squad at our disposal. I firmly believe that - when some of the absentees return and we get a couple of good results - we can really take-off. 

…the current personnel situation: Gian-Luca Itter is most definitely an option - especially as we must make some alterations in defence. Following Divock Origi and Daniel Didavi, now Paul Verhaegh is also ill. It could be a close call for him, which puts him in the same boat as John Anthony Brooks, Ignacio Camacho, Felix Uduokhai, Jakub Blaszczykowski, Marcel Tisserand and Yannick Gerhardt. We already know that Tisserand and Gerhardt are long-term absentees. The season is apparently over for Gerhardt and we can expect to be without Tisserand for six to eight weeks. That means the personnel situation remains tense. With Blaszczykowski and Camacho, there are at least indications that they could return in March and help us in the really important games.

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