Following the 4-1 friendly defeat at Olympique Lyon in France, VfL Wolfsburg continued their journey on Sunday – but rather than heading home, they travelled to the Austrian town of Bad Waltersdorf. The Styria region, which is an official travel partner of the Wolves, will house head coach Mark van Bommel's side for their summer training camp until Saturday 24 July.
VfL will play another friendly against a top French side when they face AS Monaco, under the stewardship of Niko Kovac, on the final day of the camp. The venue and kick-off time are still to be confirmed.
Bornauw, Nmecha and the first EURO participants return
The Wolves' two newcomers, Sebastiaan Bornauw and Lukas Nmecha, who both joined the club last Friday, will also be part of the squad in Austria. The same goes for a number of players who represented their countries at the European Championship, who are now back following a well-deserved summer break.
Admir Mehmedi met up with the side in Lyon and travelled on with his team-mates to Austria, where Xaver Schlager and Pavao Pervan had already checked into the Wolves' headquarters. Josip Brekalo and Wout Weghorst will arrive tomorrow, with Kevin Mbabu following suit in the coming days.
Van Bommel only had a small number of players available for the first training session in Austria, however. Those who were on the pitch for 75 minutes or more against Lyon took part in a regenerative session, with the rest working on match situations with the coaching staff.
Nevertheless, van Bommel has been impressed by the facilities available in Bad Waltersdorf. "The conditions here are good," said the 44-year-old. "That's always the most important thing at a training camp. The food is good, the beds are good and the pitch is good."