Hecking targets return to the top

VfL Wolfsburg manager Dieter Hecking has his sights set on a return to the top third of the Bundesliga table when they take on Hannover on Tuesday night.

A lack of consistency this season has seen the Wolves drop to a disappointing eighth place in the standings after they impressively finished second behind Bayern M√ľnchen last term.

Wolfsburg were beaten 2-0 by the Bavarians over the weekend, despite putting in a strong performance and Hecking is confident his side can get back to winning ways in midweek.

“We have lost ground on the places in the upper third of the table. Tomorrow it will be up to us to work on that and we want to regain that contact with points,” he told the club’s website.

However, he is not taking the result for granted and knows the division’s bottom club will be fighting tooth and nail to avoid relegation this season, especially after picking up a surprise win against Stuttgart on Saturday.

“96 are under a massive amount of pressure and the win in Stuttgart was enormously significant. The team haven’t given up on survival in the top-flight. They still believe in themselves and the recent win will give them a real boost,” he added.

The 51-year-old revealed they have put a specific focus on their defence in training after conceding two soft goals against Bayern.

“In the current situation, stability is extremely important to us – which amounts to secure approach play without taking too many risks,” he said.

“When the opposition are in possession, we also need to be tighter and better in our defending. Easily conceded goals, such as against Bayern, when on both occasions the goal-scorers were unmarked, must be avoided,” Hecking concluded.