First Team

“It’ll be a tight game”

VfL head coach Mark van Bommel and Pavao Pervan look ahead to the Champions League encounter in Salzburg.

The Wolves’ next UEFA Champions League assignment takes place on Wednesday evening away to serial Austrian champions FC Salzburg (kick-off 18:45 CEST). Ahead of the match, head coach Mark van Bommel and substitute goalkeeper Pavao Pervan addressed the media on a diverse range of topics.

Mark van Bommel on…

…the team’s six-game winless run: “We need to stay calm. While it’s true that we haven’t won, a lot of the time small details have been decisive.”

…the situation in Group G: “It’s a good opportunity for both teams to take a decisive step forward in the section. It’s a very even group. I think overall we unfortunately have two points fewer than we should have. It’ll be a tight game tomorrow and I think the group will be close until the very end.”

…Aster Vranckx’s first appearance at the weekend: “He did really well in Berlin, but unfortunately he missed our entire pre-season preparations. It’s always important for a player arriving at a new club to have a good pre-season. But he’s integrated well and the team have really welcomed him aboard. I’m happy to have him here.”

Pavao Pervan on…

…the match: “We’re all wary of Salzburg. It’ll be extremely difficult because they’ll try to impose their game on us, especially as they’re at home and will have their fans behind them. It’s not an accident that they’ve been so successful in this group. The fact that they’ve been awarded five penalties in two games speaks to the quality in their team. It’ll be a tough challenge for us.”

…his role in the team: “I try not to change and to just be true to myself. I don’t go crazy and run around when we win, and I don’t do it when we lose either. I talk to lots of players individually and try to recognise who has the greatest need for a chat at any given moment. I approach everyone honestly and try to make sure we all understand that everyone is an important part of the team.”