21.02.2020
First Team

“We need good solutions”

VfL head coach Oliver Glasner on the Wolves’ preparations for Sunday’s game against Mainz.

Less than 24 hours after beating Malmö FF 2-1 in the UEFA Europa League, VfL have turned their attentions to the visit of 1. FSV Mainz on Sunday 23 February (kick-off 18:00 CET). Glasner will be without suspended duo Marin Pongracic and Maximilian Arnold as well as the injured William and Jerome Roussillon for the encounter at the Volkswagen Arena. At Thursday’s pre-match press conference, the VfL boss spoke to the media about…

…the Wolves’ personnel situation: “Jerome Roussillon had a scan this morning which detected a small tear, meaning he will play no part on Sunday. Things are looking very good for Josh Guilavogui - it’s possible he’ll be available on Sunday, but he needs to be able to take part fully in tomorrow’s final training session.”

…opponents Mainz and VfL loanee Jeffrey Bruma: “I think the signing of Jeff Bruma was sanctioned because FSV wanted to switch to a back three. In a lot of games, Jeff played very well for us in that system as he’s a strong, imposing figure in central defence. In [Adam] Szalai and [Jean-Philippe] Mateta, they also have a forward line who can hold the ball up very well. Then you have [Robin] Quaison and [Levin] Öztunali, who provide plenty of pace from deeper positions. They’ve clearly improved in recent games. I’m expecting them to keep the space very tight and wait for opportunities to transition. We had to cope with something similar yesterday [against Malmö], though.”

…the short turnaround before the Mainz game: “For me, Malmö was already over and done with on the way home yesterday. We’ve focused solely on Mainz today and how to handle our recovery. It’s another tough period. With two of our full-backs ruled out and the suspensions of Pongracic and Arnold - two central defensive players - we have to replace four players in defence. We need good solutions. I was very happy with Paulo Otavio yesterday after he came on at half-time and ended up playing very well. We have good cover there. Yannick Gerhardt also put in a good performance and showed that he’s worthy of consideration. We’re going to need every player in our squad in the coming weeks, especially given our current situation.”

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