VfL Trainer Oliver Glasner auf dem Spielfeld.
08.11.2019
First Team

“Show we can hold our own”

The Wolves are aiming to return to winning ways against Bayer Leverkusen on Sunday.

VfL Trainer Oliver Glasner auf dem Spielfeld.

After the 3-1 defeat to KAA Gent in the Europa League, VfL Wolfsburg don’t have too long to dwell on their recent blip in results with their next match just around the corner. On Sunday the Green-and-Whites host Bayer 04 Leverkusen, who sit in 10th place in the Bundesliga standings after 10 games. Ahead of the clash with ‘die Werkself’, VfL head coach Oliver Glasner discussed…

…coming to terms with the Gent game: “We spoke a lot today with individual players but also with the team. We also went on a run together to show that unity in training. Through those conversations we’ve tried to get to the bottom of why, after probably the best opening 20 minutes of football since I’ve been here and the opening goal, we didn’t manage to summon the composure and strength required to see out the game. We’ve looked for the causes and found one or two reasons.”

…the attack: “We’re not being efficient enough on the pitch at the moment. Once again against Gent, we had a host of clear chances and could only take one of them. The attack would be concerning me more if we weren’t creating any openings at all. I trust my players and I remain optimistic that they’ll soon start putting the chances away again.”

…team news: “It’s looking very good with Admir Mehmedi and Koen Casteels and it’s going in the right direction. It’s also quite possible that Daniel Ginczek and Xaver Schlager will join in with some of the group exercises during the international break. Our medical and rehab department have done a great job. It’s nice when players are back on the pitch, but Leverkusen will be too soon for them. Josip Brekalo is also a doubt. He has a heavy bruise after a foul and wasn’t able to take part in the running session today.”

…the opposition: “Leverkusen are in the form that you’d expect. They’re one of the teams who have the most possession in the league. They have unbelievable quality in attack, a lot of pace and players who like to play. Perhaps that’s always come at a slight cost to their defending but that changed in the Champions League against Atletico Madrid, where they played a bit more patiently. For us it’s another good chance to show that we can hold our own, even though we’ve been knocked back a bit.”

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