Will Wolfsburg make Champions League history later in the afternoon today? At least that?s what midfielder Julian Draxler wants as they go against Gent at 2:45 EST for a shot at a quarterfinals slot for the first time ever. Wolfsburg is hosting Gent at the Volkswagen Arena.
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Momentum is on the side of the Germans as they go into the game with a win over Gent (3-2) on their last encounter in Belgium. The German advantage seems to get into coach Dieter Hecking, too, warning the Belgians that Draxler is on top shape. To which the Gents seem to agree if we go by Hein Vanhaezebrouck?s opinion: “Wolfsburg generally don’t lose at home with more than two goals difference,” he said. “That doesn’t mean we’re giving up because miracles do happen.”
The Belgian club has to score two goals against the Germans to stay in the Champions. In fact, Gent is also gunning for history in the game, prompting Hecking to remind his players to treat Gents seriously and not to be carefree. On the other hand, Vanhaezebrouck believes if Wolfsburg take the lead early on it would be doubly hard for them to catch up. ?We have to be focused from the start but we won’t change anything,? he said. The Gent coach is short of hoping for a miracle to pull off the match and stay alive in the Champions League.
Wolfsburg is expected to start with these players: Casteels; Tr?sch, Knoche, Dante, Rodriguez; Guilavogui, Gustavo; Sch?rrle, Arnold, Draxler (Vieirinha); Kruse (Caligiuri).
Meanwhile, Gent will likely go for the following starters: Sels; Asare, Gershon, Nielsen; Kums, Neto; Dejaegere, Milicevic, Foket; Simon, Depoitre.