No-one would have been banking on getting nine points by the first international break, but after wins over 1. FC Köln and Hertha BSC, this is precisely what VfL are now aiming for. New head coach Oliver Glasner thus has a chance to write a fresh chapter in Green-White history, since the club has never started a Bundesliga season with three wins in all of its 22 years in the top flight. Glasner gave his thoughts ahead of Saturday's encounter…
…what they have achieved thus far: "When you start somewhere new and change things, having success and getting results is incredibly important. Three wins across the cup and the league have strengthened our belief in the path that we’re going down. We know what our qualities are, and we’ve already shown them. It’s not so easy to create chances against us, and at the same time, we’re dangerous when we go forward. The parts of the match where we’ve been a bit up and down are the ones that we’re now looking to turn to our advantage."
…opponents SC Paderborn: "If you look at their goals for and against when they won promotion – 76 scored, 50 conceded – you know straight away how Paderborn play. They’re very attacking and get the ball forward quickly, and try to put their opponents under pressure, but that always puts them at risk of leaving themselves exposed at the back. They’ve had a lot of success with this type of game over the past two years, and even though they’ve lost both of their opening matches, they’re not going to change anything, particularly since they were probably the better team against Freiburg."
…squad availability: "Paulo Otavio is on the right track. The plan is to get him back out playing for the first time in the practice match against HSV during the international break. No change otherwise. Ignacio Camacho and Daniel Ginczek are going to need a little bit longer, and apart from that there are no new injuries to report at the moment."
…how he expects the match to play out: "It’s going to sound like a cliché but I am absolutely convinced that it’ll be an incredibly tough 90 minutes and a hard-fought battle, with our opponents trying to impose themselves physically throughout. Nevertheless, we’ll be able to find spaces and we’ll be looking to take advantage of them, like we did in the previous matches."