Saturday , September 30 2023

Schürrle: “We’ll run as if our lives depended on it”

Wolfsburg are experiencing a season of contradictions, with success in the Champions League not being replicated in the Bundesliga.

The stage is set for a season defining match at the the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, the venue for the second leg of the Champions League quarter-final.

Though Die Wolfe enjoy a 2-0 advantage from the first leg, there is still a lot at stake for the German club.

“On Tuesday we will be at a million per cent and we will run for our lives,” said Andre Schurrle.

The forward is wary of a Real Madrid side out for revenge and continued, “We will be desperate to get out onto the pitch and play.”

This fighting spirit is fuelled by poor results in their domestic campaign, and a 1-1 draw against Mainz this weekend has made qualifying for the Champions League next season even more of a distant prospect.

Wolfsburg have not won in six games in the league and this may be one reason for why the German fans are concentrating all their focus on the tie against Madrid.

Coach Dieter Hecking feels this only adds to the pressure on his team. “The whole city is talking about it, and it’s not making it any easier for us.”

The fans are not the only ones getting distracted. Schurrle smiles when he says, “Our poor form in the league only increases the joy we feel from playing Madrid.”

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