This coming Sunday, 1 November (kick-off 18:00 CET), the Green-and-Whites travel to Hertha Berlin with the hope of maintaining their current five-match unbeaten run. Ahead of the behind-closed-doors match at the Olympiastadion, VfL head coach Oliver Glasner spoke to the press about…
…the squad and the current injury situation: Josuha Guilavogui is out, as you know. William, Marin Pongracic and Kevin Mbabu still need to get back up to speed in training first. Josip Brekalo has finished his self-isolation. He's not kicked a ball for 13 days, though, so I need to look at him in training and decide whether it's right to take him to Berlin.
…the opposition: “We know that Berlin currently find themselves in a tough situation. They have a good team and lofty ambitions, but they’ve also lost four in a row. They’re strong up front and have added to their frontline with the signing of [Jhon] Cordoba. They’ve got pace and players who can take people on. They put in a very good performance away to Leipzig until they went down to 10 men, and that’s what we need to be prepared for. We’ll try to play the same kind of game as last year when we came away with a 3-0 win.”
…their approach to Sunday’s match: “Hertha are a very difficult opponent. They’re a team that are always good for a few goals – regardless of the situation they find themselves in at the moment. We’ll need to put in a very, very good defensive performance and be well organised at the back. We’ll also have to be strong in the tackles, and if we do that I think that we’ll manage to create space. At home to Leverkusen and in Gladbach, we’ve already shown that we can hold our own with tough opposition and get a result.”
…converting chances: “It’s not that we’re not creating chances, we’re just not taking them. If you take Renato Steffen as an example – against Bielefeld, he found himself one-on-one with the goalie and either put it wide or didn’t manage to beat the keeper. I think that we’re on the right path and I have faith in the qualities that my players have.”