12.02.2021
First Team

“We need a top performance”

VfL are aiming to continue their run against Borussia Mönchengladbach.

VfL welcome Borussia Mönchengladbach to the Volkswagen Arena on Sunday evening (18:00 CET). The Wolves cemented their place in the upper echelons of the Bundesliga with a 2-0 win at Augsburg in their last outing, but that performance will count for little when it comes to picking up another three points this weekend. Ahead of the game against Gladbach, head coach Oliver Glasner answered the media’s questions on…

…personnel: “All the players are fit and available – I’ve got a full squad to choose from. The lads are really pushing themselves in training and giving their all. It’s been a long week of preparation. The players had a couple of days off after Augsburg, but we’ve been back in training since Wednesday and have been working hard.  All the players are making a good impression, despite their efforts the previous week.”

…the opposition: “Borussia Mönchengladbach may have lost to 1. FC Köln but that was their first defeat in 2021, and they’ve beaten Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund this season. Borussia have a lot of quality in attack with Alassane Plea, Marcus Thuram and Lars Stindl, who’s having an outstanding season. In central midfield, they have a World Cup winner in their ranks in Christoph Kramer. They’re a top side. I’ve identified a lot of strengths but there are also certain areas we can exploit. We had a few problems in the first half of our game against them earlier this season, but we ended up dominating the second half. We want to continue where we left off.”

…the Bundesliga table: “In February we’re just focusing on what we need to beat Gladbach. The current standings won’t help us pick up three points in this game. We’re going to need a top performance.”

…the competition for places: “We’re a team, we’re VfL Wolfsburg and we all have common goals. We want to play successful football, and for that we need everybody. The competition for places drives the players on in training. This season has already shown how important every single player is. We were without 12 players before Christmas but we still managed to win those games. After beating Augsburg, you could see on the players’ social media channels how good the spirit is. There’s a good fabric to the group with plenty of jokers – it’s nice that way.”

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