Oliver Glasner und Wout Weghorst bei einer Pressekonferenz.
06.11.2019
First Team

“We’ve got matters in our own hands” 

VfL head coach Oliver Glasner and striker Wout Weghorst shared their thoughts ahead of Thursday’s UEFA Europe League clash against KAA Gent.

Oliver Glasner und Wout Weghorst bei einer Pressekonferenz.

The Wolves host the Belgian outfit on Matchday 4 of the competition on Thursday 7 November (kick-off 21:00 CET), knowing that victory at the Volkswagen Arena would put them in pole position to reach the knockout rounds, especially as the two teams are currently joint top of Group I with five points apiece. 

Ahead of the crunch meeting, Glasner and Weghorst addressed the media at the pre-match press conference, where the VfL boss discussed...

…personnel: “This is now our third consecutive week with a midweek fixture and all the players who’ve been available recently are able to play on Thursday. Paulo Otavio is an option once more, so I’ve got 20 outfield players to choose from. Overall that’s very pleasing news. I have to say a big thank you to our medical department and the whole team for that.”

…Gent’s playing style: “Gent will play in exactly the same way as they did at home. They use a 4-4-2 formation with a midfield diamond and two very robust strikers. Their coach hasn’t rotated much lately, and I don’t think they have any reason to change the way they play. After all, they’ve been very successful.”

Weghorst, meanwhile, spoke about…

…the 2-2 draw in Gent: “We were the better team in the first half, but we allowed them back into the game in the second period. When they pulled a goal back it gave them extra impetus to really go for it. If we go in front tomorrow we’ll have to make sure we don’t throw away the lead like that again.”

…the knockout rounds: “Our aim is to reach the next stage; we’ve said that all along. We’re all very aware that we threw away a good opportunity in Ghent, but we’ve still got matters in our own hands and if we win tomorrow then it’ll be a big step for us. We’ll have to do everything we can to achieve that.”

…potentially feeling fatigue after so many games: “I’ve played in every game so far. Obviously I’m tired sometimes but I try to rest and recover well after each match. I haven’t been tired going into a game yet. We worked hard last year to be able to play in Europe this season.” 

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