Saint-Etienne (AP) - Still at 01.28 clock in the night of VfL Wolfsburg landed after his Europa League match in Saint-Etienne back in Germany. A place in the special machine was however free.
German under-21 international Lukas Nmecha remained in a hospital in the French city suspected of concussion because he had collided with the opposing goalkeeper just before the end of the match. "He is fully aware, but he can not remember anything about the game," said Oliver Glasner still in the stadium Geoffroy-Guichard. And because later also Jerome Roussillon got hobbled into the plane and Jeffrey Bruma first wore a head bandage and then a white bandage between both eyes, called the Wolfsburg coach this earned 1-1 (1-1) at the French record champions a "hard-won point" ,
The Bundesliga club is a bit battered in this short-winded season, but it just does not turn around. On Thursday night he remained unbeaten despite his playful deficiencies in the ninth competitive match under his new head coach. In the Europa League, VfL are the leaders of Group I in the two matches with the Belgian club KAA Gent. And in the Bundesliga, he can push on Sunday (15.30 clock / Sky) with a home win against the newly promoted Union Berlin on one of the first six places.
«I assume that it is difficult to win against us. We're on the right track, "said Glasner after the match in Saint-Etienne. After the deficit by the former Gladbach Timothée Kolodziejczak (13), it took only two minutes until the Brazilian William found the appropriate answer (15th).
The Austrian coach is worried that things will continue only three days later. "We have a few question marks facing the match against Union," said Glasner. "We already have five long-term injuries. And now Lukas Nmecha is not looking so good, Jerome Roussillon has been beaten and we have to wait for Admir Mehmedi. "The Swiss was not even in France because of adductor problems.
And so it is in the different stages in Wolfsburg mostly different players who stand for them. Last season, that was about Wout Weghorst, who shot the VfL with his goals in the Europa League and the successful transfer policy under sports director Jörg Schmadtke symbolizes. In the first wins of this season, the now injured newcomer Xaver Schlager introduced his colleagues, which is particularly in demand in the 3-4-3 system from Glasner.
On Thursday evening in Saint-Etienne then no one personified better than Bruma the taker skills of VfL. And not only because after an elbow hit by his opponent in the 42nd minute, he had to continue playing with a head bandage and then did just as consistently and concentrated as before.
The 27-year-old Dutchman was supposed to be sold to VfL after 16 months without a Bundesliga appearance. But since this week, he is suddenly the tribe. Glasner appreciates his physical strength - and that he handled his reservist existence so professionally. "I'm always ready when the coach needs me. That's my style, "said Bruma. "Football is not always just sunshine. Sometimes you have to fight back into a team. "He wants to tackle the game against Union in the same way:" Sunday we're all fresh again. Then we have to keep the three points at home! »
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