VfL Wolfsburg secured a UEFA Europa League spot for the second consecutive year after securing a seventh-place finish with 49 points in the 2019/20 Bundesliga season; Die Wölfe conceded 46 goals last term under Oliver Glasner.
The Lower Saxony-based club most recently commenced with their opening pre-season fixtures on August 15 with a 1-0 friendly defeat against 2. Bundesliga side Eintracht Braunschweig courtesy of Marcel Bär’s finish in the 46th minute.
However, Oliver Glasner’s side subsequently faced Oberliga Schleswig-Holstein outfit 1. FC Phönix Lübeck, a side that competes in Germany’s fifth tier, which witnessed VfL Wolfsburg emerge victoriously, 2-0, with goals from 21-year-old midfielder Luca Horn in the 48th minute and Felix Klaus 11 minutes later in the 59th minute to seal the win.
VfL Wolfsburg’s next pre-season friendly against Holstein Kiel on August August 22 saw Die Wölfe register a 2-0 win, largely thanks to a clinical brace from Croatia international forward, Josip Brekalo.
VfL Wolfsburg meanwhile next faces Markus Gisdol’s 1. FC Köln on August 29 in pre-season action followed with the conclusive pre-season friendly against 3. Liga club FC Magdeburg on September 5.
Moreover, after pre-season activities, VfL Wolfsburg then proceeds with DFB-Pokal action on September 11 with Die Wölfe then diverting their undivided attention to their much-anticipated UEFA Europa League second qualifying round on September 17.
Furthermore, the 2020/21 Bundesliga campaign, which officially embarks on September 18, witnesses VfL Wolfsburg’s opening five matches against: Bayer 04 Leverkusen (Home – September 20), SC Freiburg (Away – September 27), FC Augsburg (Home – October 4), Borussia Mönchengladbach (Away – October 17) and Arminia Bielefeld (Home – October 25).
FOX Sports Radio 96.9FM/1340AM’s Dean Perretta briefly caught up with VfL Wolfsburg and The Netherlands striker, Wout Weghorst, a transfer target of Arsenal and Newcastle United, to discuss the progression of Die Wölfe heading into the 2020/21 Bundesliga season, Oliver Glasner’s coaching vision, as well as the in-form Dutchman’s thoughts on VfL Wolfsburg forthcoming Europa League campaign.
Dean Perretta: As it relates to individual statistics throughout the 2019/20 season, 137 aerial duels won, as well as finishing second in intensive runs with 2,628 and third in runs with 921 ahead of both Alphonso Davies and Jadon Sancho. However, what does it mean to be acknowledged for your strong work-rate and exceptional ability being effective in both boxes as opposed to being judged merely on scoring goals?
Dean Perretta: Speaking of which, 16 goals in the Bundesliga last season. Can you talk about the key elements of your game where you feel you improved most?
Dean Perretta: Lastly, Euro 2020 is now officially rescheduled for next summer. However, what would it mean to be selected and play a role for the Oranje at the tournament?