VfL Wolfsburg are out to set a new club record this weekend by going unbeaten in the first six matches of a Bundesliga season for the first time ever. Oliver Glasner's side may have drawn their last three, but they have shown tremendous character to come from behind in each of those assignments.
At his press conference ahead of the Green-Whites' trip to Mainz on Saturday (kick-off: 15:30 CEST), Glasner discussed…
…the opposition: "Mainz's performances have been better than their current position in the table suggests. They only lost their last game against Schalke right at the very end. The structure of their game is very impressive at times. As is the case every week, I'm expecting a team that will try to make life difficult for us. We'll need to find solutions to their power in attack and pace in defence. It's an exciting task and one we're looking forward to. We're going to Mainz to win."
… on falling behind in recent games: "In our last few matches we've always had the first chance, but then the opposition have scored with their first shot of the game. That's happened against Paderborn, Düsseldorf and Hoffenheim – they've gone ahead with their first effort on goal. It's not that we're falling asleep at the start of the games; we've actually usually been the better team from the outset. But now we have to keep the opposition from shooting for even longer, while also ensuring we make the most of our own chances earlier on.
… the excellent atmosphere in the team: "There's a really good atmosphere within the squad. We're still unbeaten after seven matches so if there wasn't a good atmosphere, something would be wrong. Nevertheless, we're not getting carried away with ourselves. We've got a plan as to how to continue and we want to improve in many areas. I like that my players execute their tasks with high levels of concentration, but also always with a smile on their faces."
… personnel: "We analysed Paulo Otavio's running style recently in order to determine the effect it has on his muscles. We're still waiting for a diagnosis, but he's getting better and better all the time. We hope that he, along with John Brooks and Koen Casteels, will be available again after the next international break."