In the run-up to the away game against 1. FC Heidenheim on Gameweek 9, Head Coach Thomas Reis answered journalists’ questions at yesterday’s press conference. Among other things, he talked about this week’s training priorities as well as the physical condition of Tom Weilandt and Chung Yong Lee. 

 

The aim for the upcoming match against 1. FC Heidenheim is obvious: VfL want to finally achieve their first win of the season. “Since I took office, we have drawn three times in a row”, says head coach Thomas Reis. “The team, the entire club and the fans crave a win. We worked hard during training this week to be best prepared to finally achieve that goal.” Again, the main focus was to increase the team’s compactness, Reis reveals: “In the second half against Darmstadt, we lost some of our compactness and allowed our opponents to score an equaliser. In response, we have been working on this on the training ground. We want to defend actively and smell out chances to then attack.” On Sunday (KO13.30 CEST) 1. FC Heidenheim will be “an exciting challenge” for his team, says Reis: “They are playing a very variable way of football, especially in terms of playmaking. We will do our best to leave the pitch as winners in the end.” 

 

Only two players won’t be able to join the squad for the away match against Heidenheim: Patrick Fabian can’t play after his operation, nor can Maxim Leitsch, who is currently doing individual rehab training. Unlike them, Chung Yong Lee and Tom Weilandt were able to fully take part in team training this week. “Looking at Tom, you can easily see that he’s back for a while now and that he’s improving from day to day. He might be an option”, says Reis. Chung Yong Lee is still uncertain as Reis wants to wait and see how the Korean midfielder looks in the two final training sessions and if at least a short participation in Heidenheim is realistic: “We will do everything that he is able to make his comeback in the squad. At the latest, he should be fit to play again in the match against Karlsruhe.” 

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