After starting the new year with a 3-1 defeat at 1. FC Köln last weekend, VfL will be looking to make amends at home to Hertha on Saturday 25 January (kick-off 15:30 CET). Oliver Glasner’s side have fond memories of the corresponding fixture earlier this season, having beaten the Old Lady 3-0 in the capital in August. Jürgen Klinsmann’s team also started the second half of the campaign with a defeat, losing 4-0 to Bayern Munich which leaves them in 14th place on 19 points.
At the press conference ahead of the game, Glasner spoke to the media about…
…the personnel situation: “We needed to give one or two players a break on Tuesday, but since Wednesday almost everyone’s been back in training. Marin Pongracic suffered a knock to the foot on Tuesday, which is now swollen. It means he won’t be available, but everyone else is fit and healthy.”
…the chances of VfL scoring as many goals as the last time Klinsmann visited Wolfsburg: “Seeing as we’re not exactly scoring four or five goals per game at the moment, we don’t expect to do so on Saturday either. Sometimes, though, that sort of thing happens when you least expect it. We’ve had the chances to do that in most of our games. We’ve now said that if we only manage to score once from five or six chances, we’ll just have to try and create 10 opportunities. That’s our approach.”
…Saturday’s opponents: “We obviously know it won’t be easy against Hertha. Bayern Munich struggled against them for 60 minutes recently, while Hertha also kept a clean sheet in each of their three games before the winter break. They close down spaces very well and it’s not easy to play through them. We’ve used this week to work on a number of solutions. We now want to put them into practice on the pitch.”
...the line of attack for the game: “The important thing now is to win again. That’s what we wanted to do in Cologne from the first minute to the last. A win would make a lot of things easier because we want to move on from talking about our missed chances. We’ll do all we can to do so. We showed good effort in Cologne but made too many mistakes.”