17.10.2019
First Team

“We need a top performance”

VfL Wolfsburg are preparing for a difficult assignment at RB Leipzig.

The Wolves visit RB Leipzig this Saturday (kick-off 15:30 CEST) in what is certainly the toughest test of the season so far for head coach Oliver Glasner and his side. VfL are travelling to Saxony with great respect for their opponents, but also with the knowledge that their own strengths and focussed preparation can yield another three points. In his pre-match press conference, Glasner spoke about…

…team news: “If I look at the whole personnel situation, it looks very pleasing. It’s a pity that Admir Mehmedi is out. In contrast, Jerome Roussillon is looking good and was able to take full part in training today. John Brooks was involved in the friendly against Kiel during the international break and has joined in with every training session since. Paulo Otavio is making good progress but it’s too soon for him. The same goes for Koen Casteels, but again a comeback is on the horizon.”

…the differences between RBL and VfL: “The biggest difference is certainly in the mindset of the two clubs. Leipzig have made it clear that they see themselves as being capable of challenging for the title. They’ve grown over the years with their playing concept. They have very few new signings, the core of the team have been at the club for a number of years and have had that idea of quick counter-attacking with compact and aggressive defending instilled into them. We only started with our playing concept in the summer.”

…his approach to the game: “Everyone knows that RB Leipzig possess immense pace in every area. We’re trying to prepare for that but when it comes to a 40-metre sprint race with Timo Werner, most defenders in the world would lose out. Therefore, we want to defend those situations as well as possible and make sure we have good cover.”

…the Wolves’ unbeaten run: “It’s actually never been an issue for me, but you made me think about it even before the friendly against Kiel. In general, though, this run doesn’t change our approach at all. We’re going to Leipzig to get three points. Of course, we know that’s a big ask and we need an absolute top performance, but we believe we can do it.”

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