Saint-Etienne (dpa) - On the eve of the match, when he entered the Geoffroy-Guichard stadium, Josuha Guilavogui embraced a lot of old acquaintances.
The captain of VfL Wolfsburg used to play more than eight years for today's Europa League opponents AS Saint-Etienne. At 14, he moved to the junior academy of the French record champion. Later, he became a national player there and came in 2014 via the detour Atlético Madrid to VfL.
"That's a special moment. I am very happy to be here, "said the 29-year-old at the press conference for today's game (18.55 / DAZN). "On the way to the stadium I passed by my old school. I could also tell the bus driver: drive this way, it's faster. "
But Guilavogui also emphasized: "I am not here to visit friends, but to get three points." With the second victory in this preliminary round group I after the 3-1 win against the Ukrainians from PFK Olexandrija could be the Bundesliga club Tonight take a big step towards the knockout round of the Europa League.
On his return to Saint-Etienne Guilavogui has invited a number of close friends and family members. Overall, he ordered from his former club 70 tickets and a complete stadium box. The defensive player knows the passionate atmosphere at the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard, he considers it the best in France. "The fans here make a big difference," he said. "When the stadium is full, the mood is very special. That makes it difficult for any opponent. »
That the ten-time champion Saint-Etienne is currently only table bottom last of the French league and also lost his first European League game at KAA Gent with 2: 3, you must not overvalued, according to Guilavogui. "They have a difficult time right now. But that's a good team, "he said.
He should not even give his Wolfsburg coach Oliver Glasner more tips. "We prepared for Saint-Etienne without his help," said the Austrian with a smile. "I did not want to put him in the situation that he has to ask old friends and years of companions."
Career data from Guilavogui
Homepage of VfL Wolfsburg
The Europa League at uefa.com
The group I
Schedule of the VfL Wolfsburg
The Europa League squad of VfL Wolfsburg
The European Cup balance sheet of VfL Wolfsburg
The Europa League squad from AS Saint-Etienne
Homepage of AS Saint-Etienne
Information about the game