The cultural exchange continues: having performed a few duties on their first day in South China following their long journey, the Wolves were able to start their second day in the Far East feeling much more rested. In the morning, they were split it into two groups – one focusing on football and the other on experiencing Chinese culture. After that, VfL had their final training session ahead of tomorrow’s game against Eintracht Frankfurt (kick-off 14:00 CEST).
'An interesting experience'
The VfL coaching team of head coach Bruno Labbadia, assistant Olaf Janßen and rehabilitation coach Günter Kern, along with players Josuha Guilavogui, Yannick Gerhardt, William, Sidnei Baldé plus managing director Michael Meeske headed to the Foshan Energy Football Training Base in the morning, attending an event with VfL partner Linglong Tire.
Sixty members of the company's sales staff were lucky enough to receive training from the Green-Whites, and Labbadia praised the enthusiasm of the participants: “The training session here was a very interesting experience. I was told that people travelled from all over the country for it. They have some catching up to do on the football front, but they’re very enthusiastic and have welcomed us with open arms. It’s very interesting and exciting to get to know this culture, which is so different to ours.”
On the pitch for the last time
The afternoon training session at the Century Lotus Stadium before Friday’s friendly against Eintracht was the Wolves’ final one of the 2018/19 season. Labbadia went easy on the players in the pouring rain as they adjusted to the conditions. After passing and possession drills, the hour-long session ended with a training game. On the programme for the evening was a gala at the team hotel, which VfL partners and politicians from the Foshan region were set to attend.