Hecking’s Wolfsburg ready to ‘annoy’ Real Madrid

5 Apr

  • First-time quarter-finalists Wolfsburg host Real Madrid, in their 33rd such tie
  • Wolfsburg coach Dieter Hecking ready to “annoy” the ten-time winners
  • Hecking will not say if defender Naldo will be fit
  • Zinédine Zidane’s side ended Barcelona’s 39-match unbeaten run at the weekend
  • Madrid press conference scheduled for 18.30CET

Possible lineups
Wolfsburg: Benaglio; Träsch, Dante, Knoche, Rodriguez; Guilavogui, Gustavo; Schürrle, Arnold (Vieirinha), Draxler; Kruse.
Out: Bendtner (released), Jung (knee), Caligiuri (leg)
Doubtful: Naldo (match fitness), Caligiuri (adductors)
Misses next match if booked: Caligiuri


Real Madrid: Navas, Carvajal, Pepe, Ramos, Marcelo; Kroos, Casemiro, Modric; Bale, Benzema, Ronaldo.
Out: Varane (calf)
Doubtful: None
Misses next match if booked: Sergio Ramos, Danilo, Casemiro

Wolfsburg-Madrid: Watch the two teams in action

Dieter Hecking, Wolfsburg coach
Motivation won’t be a problem tomorrow. We have a big chance to perform on a great stage. Nobody thought we could get this far. But in the end I still say: “This must not be the end for us.” We will look for our opportunity, even with this draw, and if we beat Real it would be one of the biggest sensations. So this is what we want to begin tomorrow.

Since we were drawn against Real Madrid, we’ve been really excited. But is it the biggest match in our club’s history? I think there have been other great games, though maybe this is the one with the most attention. It is extraordinary for every one of us and we want to demonstrate why we are still in this competition.

Real Madrid have a great squad with top-class players. They are one of the favourites for the title and one of the top clubs in Europe. But we will try to annoy them and I think my team can do that. It won’t be enough to just stop Ronaldo.

I don’t know right now if Naldo will be able to play. We have to talk to the doctor and also the player. He wants to play, but now it’s up to me if I trust him. I don’t share the speculation that he will definitely play.

Real Madrid’s 2014 German hat-trick

Zinédine Zidane, Real Madrid coach
Press conference scheduled for 18.30CET

Weekend results
Leverkusen 3-0 Wolfsburg (Brandt 27, Hernández 73, Yurchenko 87)
Max Kruse drove into the side-netting before the break and Marcel Schäfer fired straight at Bernd Leno after the interval but eighth-placed Wolfsburg created little else as they went a third consecutive Bundesliga game without a victory. They now sit seven points adrift of Mönchengladbach in fourth.

Barcelona 1-2 Real Madrid  (Piqué 56; Benzema 62, Ronaldo 84)
Third-placed Madrid closed the gap on Liga leaders Barça to seven points with a fine away success. Pepe was outjumped by Gerard Piqué for the opener but the equaliser came when Marcelo embarked on a left-wing raid and fed Toni Kroos, whose centre was volleyed in acrobatically by Karim Benzema, his 21st Liga goal this term, matching his career-best tally for Madrid. Gareth Bale had a goal ruled out after heading in a cross from Cristiano Ronaldo, who then shot against the bar prior to Sergio Ramos’s red card. However, Ronaldo had the last word for the ten men having been teed up by Bale.

Watch: Wolfsburg oust Manchester United

Form guide (all competitions, most recent first)
Wolfsburg: LDLWWW
Real Madrid: WWWWWW

Reporter’s view: Paul Bryan (@UEFAcomPaulB)
Dieter Hecking must raise his team’s flagging morale as they welcome an on-song Madrid side buoyed by their weekend victory at Camp Nou. If Die Wölfe can rediscover some of their group-stage form, they may just emerge with a fighting chance going into next week’s second leg.  

Did you know?
This is Wolfsburg’s first European Cup quarter-final; Madrid are at this stage for the sixth season running – their last-eight record in this competition stands at W26 L6. Read more in our match background.

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