The matches are coming thick and fast for VfL Wolfsburg. Following the DFB Cup first-round triumph over Fürstenwalde and the victory over FK Kukesi in the second round of UEFA Europa League qualifying, the Wolves get under way in the new Bundesliga season at home to Bayer 04 Leverkusen on Sunday 20 September (kick-off 18:00 CEST). Head coach Oliver Glasner gave his thoughts on the encounter at Friday’s pre-match press conference.
Oliver Glasner on…
… Maximilian Arnold, who was substituted against Kukesi: “He had a check today and it’s not as bad as we first feared. He’s still in a bit of pain where he got kicked, but if it eases up he can play.”
…who might play at right-back: “Felix Klaus has now played four games there, and he’s done well given the circumstances. Obviously I’m looking at other options too. That could be our other left-back Jerome Roussillon, although with him I’m not sure yet if he’s fit enough to play the full 90 minutes. The same goes for Paulo Otavio, who’s now played three matches but was out injured for four months before that, so we need to look at things very carefully. And then there’s our jack-of-all trades Renato Steffen, so we’ve got one or two options. We’ll see what condition the players are in tomorrow and then decide what the best solution is.”
…what Josuha Guilavogui’s suspension means for the centre-back positions: “We’ve still got Jay Brooks and Tim Siersleben as left-footers and Jeff Bruma as a right-footer available. I’ve been playing Josh and Maxence Lacroix together recently to help with his integration as they both speak the same language. But Jay is now a very good option for Sunday. As everyone’s still finding their groove it’ll be even more important in the coming weeks to make sure the understanding is there between the players. There are a lot of options at centre-back.”
…Bayer Leverkusen: “We know that Leverkusen are one of the very best teams in the Bundesliga – they have unbelievable quality and pace up front. The good thing is that we proved we can compete with them and beat them not too long ago. If we can execute our game plan fully then we’ve got a good chance of beating Bayer. Leverkusen have a team that will again be there or thereabouts when it comes to the Champions League spots. But we’re going to try to make life as hard as possible for them.”