The first two league games of the calendar year did not go according to plan from a VfL perspective. Having emerged empty-handed from encounters with 1. FC Köln and Hertha Berlin, the Green-and-Whites are eager to register their first points of 2020 at promoted club SC Paderborn on Sunday 2 February (kick-off 18:00 CET).
Ahead of the Wolves’ visit to the Benteler-Arena in the final game of Matchday 20, head coach Oliver Glasner shared his thoughts on…
…VfL’s upcoming opponents: “Paderborn play on the front foot from the first minute to the last. They never give up and attack with a great deal of pace. The board has a very clear philosophy of how to assemble their squad, with pace being the highest priority. The team currently has a lot of pace in every position - in attack as well as on the wings. They are really good at finding spaces quickly. However, they have also shown that their open style makes them vulnerable at the back, with their opponents often finding spaces and creating overloads. We want to do just that and make the most of those opportunities.”
…being regarded as favourites: “For me, it’s not important whether we’re favourites or not. For us, it’s about doing everything we can to win there. I’m not expecting us to play samba football with back-heels, toe-pokes and one-touch football. We need to be up for the fight and make sure we get a favourable result. How we approach the game will be key.”
…personnel: “Xaver [Schlager] was able to train with the team again today and nothing’s stopping him from playing on Sunday. Things are a little different with Wout [Weghorst], unfortunately. He’ll miss Sunday’s game with a thigh strain. All the other players are fit and available.”
…Weghorst’s absence: “I’ve had a feeling for two days now that he won’t be ready for the weekend. It’s time for other players to step up to the plate. Daniel Ginczek is gradually finding his rhythm and fitness after injury. Admir Mehmedi, who was often unavailable during the first half of the season and hasn’t been at 100 per cent, is also available. It’ll be up to others to score the goals that Wout has been netting for us.”
Marin Pongracic: “He’s been training all week, which is why we’re considering including him in our squad for the first time against Paderborn.”