First Team

“We need to be at our best”

VfL Wolfsburg entertain Fortuna Düsseldorf on Saturday.

Fortuna Düsseldorf have risen from bottom of the table to 11th place in recent months. In his press conference ahead of Saturday’s home match against Friedhelm Funkel’s side (kick-off 15:30 CET), VfL head coach Bruno Labbadia answered questions on…

…the personnel situation: “Felix Klaus and Renato Steffen have both been feeling unwell this week. Felix was back in full training yesterday but Renato is a bit worse and has only been able to train on his own thus far. We’ll have to see how he reacts to that. William was taken off during yesterday as a precaution because he had a bit of a muscle problem, but I expect him to be fit. Apart from Ignacio Camacho and Daniel Ginczek, everyone else is available.”

…opponents Fortuna Düsseldorf: “We’re up against a very good side, who are in good form and have made strong progress overall. Fortuna won 4-0 at Schalke and also played well against Frankfurt last time out, even if the result doesn’t reflect that. We know we need to be at our best on Saturday. I really hope the fans in the stadium get fully behind the team, as they have done all season. The team need it.”

…Düsseldorf’s strengths: “They’ve really grown together – even more than before. They had a great spell before the winter break when, like us, they won three games out of three, which moved them away from the bottom and gave them confidence. They play as a team, they also have good individual players and are very strong in transition. They’re throwing all those things into the mix at the moment, so we’ll need a top performance.”

…the 3-0 win in the reverse fixture and Fortuna’s progress since then: “They’re certainly a different team now. They’ve achieved a turnaround through good results. There’s nothing like wins to lift your confidence. Our form was also up and down at that time and we picked up an important win with a very disciplined, well-organised performance. And the games only get more important from here on in.”