18.11.2021
First Team

“We won’t get the ball automatically”

The Wolves travel to Bielefeld full of confidence and respect for their opponents.

The first of eight crucial games in the space of 28 days sees VfL travel to Bielefeld on Saturday 20 November (kick-off 15:30 CET). The Green-and-Whites are hoping to claim a fourth successive victory in all competitions at the Schüco-Arena this weekend. At Thursday’s press conference ahead of the game, Florian Kohfeldt spoke about…

…the international break: “It’s very important that everyone came back fit. The fact that a lot of them return here on the back of successes is even better and is never a bad thing for the atmosphere in the dressing room. We have a lot of very good games ahead of us and we want to get some positive results.”

…his first few weeks as VfL coach: “In sporting terms, I was obviously very pleased with the results. Two of those were even games if we’re being honest, but I’m also thinking about the big picture, about training during the week, the surroundings, the quality of staff, the feeling of togetherness that we’re creating. I was surprised and very pleased at how quickly everything went.”

…injuries and knocks: “Micky van de Ven will be available. We have a chance with Sebastiaan Bornauw but he’s not guaranteed to be involved. Other than that, Luca Waldschmidt has taken his first steps – although he’s not yet in contention for a place in the squad against Bielefeld. Admir Mehmedi has also returned to training. We’ll have to see how he copes with the strain.”

…opponents Arminia: “I see a lot of elements of a style of play that involves quick transitions, and I think Bielefeld will look to play more football than against Augsburg last time. We won’t get the ball automatically – they prefer to let us have it so they can counterattack – but they’ll also want to use it themselves. What also makes Arminia tough opponents is that they’re constantly changing systems.” 

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