VfL Wolfsburg head-coach Valerien Ismael is expecting a "disciplined and determined opponent" when they face SV Werder Bremen in the Bundesliga on Friday night.
The Wolves are struggling at the wrong end of the standings in 14th place, with 22 points from 21 games – having ended last season in eighth place.
With Die Werderaner even worse off, in 16th place, with 19 points, Ismael has underlined the importance of taking all three points off their fellow strugglers.
Despite an improved home record for Ismael's side, that has seen them won three of their last four games at the Volkswagen Arena.
And after training on Thursday, he told the club's official website: "We’ve trained well this week and concentrated completely on what awaits us tomorrow evening.
"We have a game ahead of us in which we can alleviate the situation. That motivates the team and me too."
The French manager won a league and domestic cup double-winner with Werder in 2004 and is looking forward to returning the club for the first time as a manager.
He added: "I’m expecting a disciplined and determined opponent, who will be committed in the challenges. We will probably have a lot of possession, will need to create solutions, implement our ideas getting forward and display real consistency in front of goal."
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