Die VfL Wolfsburg-Spielerinnen stehen beim Abschlusstraining im Kreis.

She-Wolves eye last-four spot

VfL Women need to beat Chelsea in their UWCL quarter-final second leg.

Die VfL Wolfsburg-Spielerinnen stehen beim Abschlusstraining im Kreis.

Despite suffering a frustrating 2-1 defeat, VfL Wolfsburg Women have grown in confidence on the back of their first-leg performance against Chelsea and head into the return leg on Wednesday 31 March (kick-off 14:00 CEST/live on Wölfe TV) full of optimism. However, nothing less than a victory will secure the She-Wolves’ place in the last four of the UEFA Women’s Champions League for the seventh time in their history. At the press conference ahead of the game, head coach Stephan Lerch answered the media’s questions on…

…personnel: “As things stand, all the players have come through our final training session unscathed and are ready for tomorrow’s game. Alex Popp is also in the squad. Everyone knows how important she is for us and we’re very happy to have her with us. We’ve also taken Lena Oberdorf with us, but she won’t be available tomorrow due to her one-match ban. Compared to last week, she’s been replaced in the squad by Lotta Cordes.”

…the quality of the opposition: “In terms of squad depth, we’re once again facing one of the best teams in Europe. Chelsea have a lot of individual quality, which is why we need to be fully alert and make sure they don’t get to showcase that quality on the pitch. We did that well for the most part last week, but we also saw that Chelsea don’t need many opportunities [to score]. We have to avoid making mistakes, because Chelsea will be relying on errors.”

…how they plan on reaching the semi-finals: “We know we only have to win 1-0 in order to reach the next round, but that’s also a dangerous scoreline. If we take the lead, it’ll be important not to defend that lead but to put Chelsea under further pressure – and the best way of doing that is for us to take the initiative.”



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