Xaver Schlager und Oliver Glasner auf dem Podium während der PK vor Malmö.
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“We know what we’ve got to do”

The Wolves are ready to prove themselves ahead of their Europa League home tie against Malmö FF.

Xaver Schlager und Oliver Glasner auf dem Podium während der PK vor Malmö.

On Thursday 20 February (kick-off 21:00 CET) at the Volkswagen Arena, the Green-and-Whites will take on the team with the most league titles in Swedish history, Malmö FF, for what will be the Wolves’ 79th match on the international stage and the first in 2020. At the press conference before the match, midfielder Xaver Schlager spoke about…

 …the atmosphere within the squad: “You can feel that there’s a bit of tension there. Europa League matches are something special. The late kick-off means that you have the whole day to get ready for a night under the floodlights. The win away to Hoffenheim certainly gave us a lot of confidence but regardless of that, we know exactly what we’ve got to do to get a good result.”

…what makes knockout matches so special: “Ties like this are very different from league games. You can’t win it in the first leg but you can certainly lose it. We need to put ourselves in a good position as every goal counts, particularly away ones. Usually it’s the little things that decide who gets through and who doesn’t.”

VfL head coach Oliver Glasner spoke about… 

…the squad: “There’s still a pretty big question mark over Josuha Guilavogui. He only returned to training today and we’ll have to see how his knee reacts first.”

…preparing for the match: “We’ve really run the rule over Malmö, but there were two things that made that tough. They got a new coach in over the winter which brought about a change in tactics, and there’s also the fact that other than a cup tie last weekend, they haven’t played a match yet this year. We’ve really done our homework though and we know what to expect, which will be a well-run team with international experience who very much deserved to finish top of their group in the previous round.”

…what they are looking to get out of the first leg: “We won our last two Europa League matches against Oleksandrija and St. Etienne without conceding a goal. In knockout football, it’s even more important not to let any goals in, but we’re not going to sit back. What we need to do is find the right balance and take our chances up front if we’re going to achieve our aim of making it through to the last 16.”



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