11.04.2019
First Team

“We thrive on our togetherness”

VfL Wolfsburg travel to high-flying RB Leipzig on Saturday.

The Wolves take on Leipzig for the third time this season on Saturday 13 April (kick-off 15:30 CEST). Bruno Labbadia’s side came out on top in the corresponding league fixture back on Matchday 12, but the eastern club took their revenge with a narrow victory in the last 16 of the DFB Cup. At Thursday’s press conference ahead of the clash at the Red Bull Arena, Labbadia spoke to the media about…

… Yannick Gerhardt’s fitness: “Yannick isn’t quite up to speed just yet. We were hopeful as he was involved in parts of yesterday’s training session. I haven’t given up hope yet either. It’s only Thursday today, but it’s doubtful he’ll be involved.”

… recent encounters with RB Leipzig: “Our recent games against them were very tight. Our win at home in the league was very important for us. I’ve had another look at our cup defeat in the last couple of days. We did a lot of things well at first but ended up letting Leipzig show their qualities. There’s no doubt that they have a very good team. They’re on course to qualify for the Champions League and are enjoying an excellent second half to the season. We know we’re capable of causing a lot of teams problems. We kicked off the run-in with a win at home to Hannover and it’s nice to be challenging near the top.”

… the final stages of the campaign: “We thrive on our togetherness and that can make any team look very good. We’re able to compensate for injuries that would normally have hit us really hard - that’s a big strength of ours. We always try to convey that the pressure we’re under is a positive thing. You obviously need a little bit of luck during this part of the season, because a lot of extremely good teams are fighting for places near the top of the table. This kind of competition is very good for the league.”

… Saturday’s opponents: “RB are very strong in attack, but you can’t focus only on that because they’ve defended incredibly well this season. Leipzig have more than 15 or 16 first-choice players in their squad and always cope well with injuries. They also strengthened very well during the winter break.”

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