On Sunday 5 March (kick-off: 17:30 CET), the Wolves bring the curtain down on Bundesliga Matchday 23 with a home game against Eintracht Frankfurt. It promises to be an intriguing fixture for a number of reasons: the Eagles will have a score to settle after losing the reverse fixture 1-0 in Frankfurt thanks to a Maxence Lacroix goal.
Furthermore, the teams are neighbours in the league table. Frankfurt sit in sixth, just one rung above VfL in seventh, but victory for the Green-and-Whites would close the gap to just two points. At his pre-match press conference on Friday afternoon, VfL head coach Niko Kovac discussed…
…personnel: “Unfortunately Bartol Franjic sustained a muscle tear in training yesterday, so he’ll be sidelined until further notice. Other than that, everyone else took part in training.”
…the opposition: “Eintracht are a very good team and they’ve already scored a lot of goals. They’re good in transition. The club has developed really well, also in terms of the transfers they’ve made. We don’t need to talk about Randal Kolo Muani, while Mario Götze is performing at the same level he did for Borussia Dortmund previously.”
…the development of his own team: “I think we played well again in our last game, especially in defence, where we didn’t allow the opposition many chances. We have the joint-highest amount of clean sheets, so if we don’t concede then we always have the opportunity to win. I hope we continue in the same vein, build on last week’s performance and keep Eintracht at bay.”
…the league table: “There are still 12 games to play and obviously we know how important the game is, but first and foremost it’s about consolidating seventh place. At the moment that’s what we’re looking at because the teams behind us are very close, and the teams in front of us are relatively far ahead. We have to do our job and pick up points so that the teams behind us don’t catch us. If we’re still where we are further down the line and we have the chance to climb the table, we’ll certainly strive to do that.”