“We’ll know where we stand”

Head coach Tommy Stroot on the upcoming friendly against Rosenborg.

After returning to training just under two weeks ago, Tommy Stroot’s side are set to face Rosenborg BK in their first friendly of pre-season at 19:30 CEST on Friday 30 July. Ahead of the game, VfL’s new coach spoke about…

…the state of play in pre-season: “The players are fit and fresh. With the small squad we have at the moment, we’ll have to see how we can distribute the workload properly. If I send the girls into the games tired, I won’t get the information I need and risk the worst-case scenario of an injury. We have to assess the fitness levels of each player individually and push them to their maximum.”

…the importance of the first friendly: “We’ll finally find out the true state of the squad and have our sights set on our first common goal. After that, we’ll know where we stand and what adjustments we still have to make. We’re still a long way from where we want to be and we know we still need a lot of energy to get there.”

…the opponents: “They’re an interesting opponent against whom we haven’t played very often. I expect them to play a very Scandinavian style – a 4-4-2 which sometimes turns into a 4-2-3-1. They’ll probably be pretty compact and tight, which is perfect at this current stage of pre-season.”

…personnel: “Apart from the players at the Olympics, Alexandra Popp, who is working her way back to fitness, and Pauline Bremer, who is in light training, all players are fit and available. Pauline Bremer is currently being brought back to full match fitness in first-team training, one step at a time. In around three to five weeks she should be able to take full part and can then be given her first few minutes on the pitch.”




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