The UEFA Champions League anthem will ring around the Volkswagen Arena for the first time since April 2016 on Wednesday 29 September, when the Wolves face Sevilla FC in their first home match of this season’s premier club competition (kick-off 21:00 CEST). Ahead of the clash with the Spanish outfit, VfL boss Mark van Bommel and midfield enforcer Maximilian Arnold answered the media’s questions.
…the difference between the Wolves and Sevilla: “We can’t compare ourselves with Sevilla. They’ve been playing in Europe for many years. When they’re not playing in the Champions league, they very often end up winning the Europa League. They’re an experienced team in Europe, which is what puts them ahead of us and probably makes them favourites tomorrow in many people’s eyes. But that’s just part and parcel of football and doesn’t mean they have a big advantage here. The outcome of a match always depends on the form on the day and the teams’ game plan.”
…how the game can be won: “We need to score one more goal than our opponents. We’ve analysed Sevilla the way we do before any other game. We have a plan for every opponent.”
…where VfL can improve: “We could score more goals. We create opportunities, but those opportunities have to become clear-cut chances. Our final or penultimate ball is often lacking. I also feel that if we defend more rigorously, we’ll make big steps forward.”
…personnel: “Unfortunately, our long-term absentees – Bartosz Bialek, William, Xaver Schlager and Paulo Otavio – are still out and John Anthony Brooks is suspended. Other than that, everyone’s fit and available.”
…whether Sebastiaan Bornauw could replace Brooks: “Sebastiaan has adapted very quickly to our game and settled into the team. He played very well against Fürth and also settled very quickly after coming on against Lille. There’s a very good chance he’ll play tomorrow.”