It’s about more than three points in an important Champions League game. The point is to stop a dangerous negative trend: On Wednesday evening (6.45 p.m.), VfL Wolfsburg will take on the third match day of the group stage at RB Salzburg – with the baggage of six competitive games without a win and three consecutive league games in their luggage.
Another competition, new luck? According to VfL coach Mark van Bommel, “it doesn’t really make any difference if you haven’t won six games in a row”. More important from his point of view: “When we were Bayern hunters after four wins, we stayed calm – and now we are too.” Especially since these six games “can’t all be in one heap”, the reasons for the failure to win were too – from the form of the day to referee decisions.
The starting position in the premier class is one of the things that are rather positive from VfL’s point of view, after the two draws in Lille and against Sevilla everything is still possible for Wolfsburg in Group G. The Austrians, who are officially called “FC Salzburg” because of the UEFA advertising regulations, are ahead after a draw in Seville and a win against Lille, and this game can already make a decisive step towards the knockout round. Van Bommel. “I suspect that the whole group will stay tight until the end.” For which VfL should not lose if at all possible.
Personnel will be exciting: With Wout Weghorst (Corona quarantine) is an important offensive man, missing from the midfield center with ex-RB professional Xaver Schlager (stopped by the Wolfsburg final training), Yannick Gerhardt (bruised foot) and Josuha Guilavogui (yellow-red ban after the joke .) -Elfer from the Sevilla game) three potential men next to Maximilian Arnold. Most likely solution: Aster Vranckx, who should make his starting eleven debut in a competitive game for VfL three days after his first league minutes. “Aster did a good job,” says van Bommel in praise of the newcomer from Mechelen. Although he was injured at the beginning of the season, he “immediately felt comfortable with the team, which then proved its worth in training. And he has already gained experience in Belgium.” Alternatives would be wingman Ridle Baku (knows the position from Mainz) and Maximilian Philipp (was already tested in the defensive role).
Jay Brooks will probably defend again next to Maxence Lacroix (last suspended in the league) – and will face RB young star Karim Adeyemi there. The German international is considered a hot candidate for a move to Bayern and is fit again after thigh problems. “A very important player, a very good player,” said van Bommel. It is not for nothing that “many clubs in Germany and not only in Germany are talking about him”. VfL also had him on their wish list in the summer, but the market value of the 19-year-old is no longer within the scope of Wolfsburg’s possibilities. “But just concentrating on him,” said van Bommel, “would not be respectful of the rest of the team.”
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“Weghorst is doing according to the circumstances”
And right at the front at VfL? Lukas Nmecha instead of Wout Weghorst, Lukas Nmecha with Wout Weghorst – trainer Mark van Bommel was recently happy that he could choose between these variants. Now one option is no longer applicable, Weghorst is in quarantine after corona infection and will also miss at least the next two league games. “That’s a shame,” says van Bommel, who is in contact with Weghorst via WhatsApp: “As it is with Corona, one person has more complaints, the other less. Wout is doing well under the circumstances.”
Nmecha is now first choice – the attacking game of VfL changes as a result, even if van Bommel described the differences more generally: “Wout is bigger, but not as fast, Lukas is smaller …” Pavao Pervan, as an Austrian all around Play a popular conversation partner, commented on the differences with a smile: “In training,” said the second goalkeeper, there are no differences, “because neither of them score against me …”
Weghorst was tested positive for Corona the day after the game at Union, which also kept the Berliners in suspense a bit – to be on the safe side, the capital city club ordered an additional test for its players.
Pervan would like to stay with VfL
Because Schlager is injured, substitute keeper Pervan is currently the best expert on Austrian football in the VfL squad. As an Austrian you could “be proud of the promotion that RB does for Austrian football“, especially since the level of Mozartstadt” also makes the other clubs better “. And when top players leave Salzburg for the Bundesliga or others,” the positions are so newly filled that you have to take your hat off “.
At the mandatory press conference, Pervan also revealed that he would like to extend his contract with VfL at the end of the season. “That might sound strange because I don’t play. And of course when I was a child I didn’t plan to just sit at a Champions League press conference, It’s about being on the field in the Champions League. But I feel very comfortable in Wolfsburg. “Koen Casteels is rightly number 1,” but to work on it every day to get even better is my motivation. “Coach van Bommel would not mind if the 33-year-old remains: “An experienced guy, important in the dressing room. If someone gets hung up, Pavao is always there. “