The first DFB Cup ties of 2019/20 have been taking place this weekend, but VfL have to wait until Monday 12 August to play their first competitive game of the new season. Oliver Glasner’s side travel to Hallescher FC in the first round, with the game at the Erdgas Sportpark kicking off at 18:30 CEST.
In Sunday’s press conference ahead of the tie, Glasner spoke to the media about…
…the excitement ahead of the season opener: “We’re all happy to be starting now. The last six weeks have been very intense, with a lot of training sessions and friendlies. I’m very pleased with how pre-season went - almost all the players are fit and in very good shape. That’s why we’re all looking forward to tomorrow’s game in Halle in a nice compact stadium, where the atmosphere is certain to be fantastic.”
…the opponents: “We’ve prepared how we would normally for every Bundesliga game. Halle picked up three wins last week, and they’re a team who narrowly missed out on promotion last year. They don’t concede many goals and have big, strong players. If you look at recent cup games, you could see there wasn’t much difference between the third-division teams and the Bundesliga sides. Halle will stretch us to the limit.”
…his squad selection dilemma: “It’s not an easy task, because you know that one or two players [who miss out] would have deserved a place in the squad. There’s no avoiding it, though. I’ll use my best judgement to make a decision. We’ll name the squad today after our final training session. I’ll give the lads my reasons for leaving them out, but I also know they won’t be particularly pleased.”
…personnel: “We have 24 fit outfield players, but I’ve left Ismail Azzaoui, Michael Edwards and John Yeboah with the Under-23s. Daniel Ginczek, Ignacio Camacho and Paulo Otavio are also out, of course. With Paulo it’s more of a precaution - we want to get him fit."