Head coach Bruno Labbadia during the pre-match press conference.
DO .  3. 05. 2018
First Team

“We need to be more courageous”

Bruno Labbadia has issued a rallying cry to his players ahead of VfL’s final two games of the 2017/18 campaign.

Head coach Bruno Labbadia during the pre-match press conference.

Currently languishing in 16th place in the Bundesliga table, the Wolves may need to win both their final two league games to secure their top-flight status for next season. Ahead of their clash with RB Leipzig on Saturday, 5 May (kick-off 15:30 CEST), head coach Bruno Labbadia has taken his players on a short training camp to prepare for the crucial Matchday 33 encounter. Before departing, Labbadia spoke to the media about…

…Saturday’s opponents Leipzig: They have a very good squad with exceptional quality. It’s no coincidence that they’ve been among the top sides in the Bundesliga for the past two years and also had a good Europa League campaign. I’m expecting them to be technically and tactically strong. Other than that, they’re bound to want to put us under a great deal of pressure, which we’ll have to come to terms with.

…room for improvement: First and foremost, we need to do better with our finishing. It’s the same old story. We need to be more courageous in one-on-one situations. I watched the HSV game back - there are things we’ve been working on the whole time, but we need to make sure we cut out those errors quickly. It would give us all a huge boost. It’ll require a massive team effort, and we need to show that kind of effort against Leipzig.

…the Wolves’ training camp: We considered going on a training camp last week but decided against it because we had a home game. Now we need the peace and quiet to focus on the job at hand. That’s why we’ve opted to take this step. The conditions there are superb. They don’t need to be outstanding, we just need the space to work as a unit. We’re going to make the most of the opportunity to work together on and off the pitch. The team needs to focus more, but they also need to relax so that they’re ready for Saturday.

…VfL’s matchday squad: We don’t have a large squad of players available to us right now. All the players who are able to train are coming with us. It’s great to have Yannick Gerhardt back - he’s made a good impression and I rate him highly as a player, but he’s also lacking match sharpness. It’s just wonderful to have him with us again, though.

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