Thursday’s last-16 first leg was VfL’s first ever official match to be held behind closed doors, and as a result the atmosphere inside the stadium - or lack thereof - was the main topic of conversation after the final whistle. “We’d all prefer a different atmosphere,” said Glasner. “A game like that deserves a good crowd.”
The VfL boss refused to dwell on off-pitch issues, though, choosing instead to focus his post-match analysis on his team’s performance and the Wolves’ uncompromising opponents.
Oliver Glasner: “We’re very disappointed - it shouldn’t have ended like that. We were very much in the game in the first 15 minutes. After that, everyone could see how good Shakhtar are and how well they keep possession. We lost too many challenges in that spell, but after trailing 1-0 at half-time we were the better and dominant team.
We couldn’t make the most of our chances, while Shakhtar needed just one opportunity to win the game. That’s the way things are in Europe - small details make the difference. The better your opponents, the more important those details become. That said, we’ll still fly to Kharkiv determined to do everything in our power to turn things around. We’ve scored a lot of goals away from home - particularly this year - and I believe we can do the same in the return leg.”