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Magath believes Wolfsburg can stay up

SoccerNews in Bundesliga 22 Apr 2011

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Felix Magath remains confident that Wolfsburg can escape relegation from the Bundesliga ahead of his team’s home match against Cologne.

Wolfsburg are third from bottom in the table, four points off Eintracht Frankfurt and the safety of 15th place.

They are without a win since February but can end that sorry run on Sunday, when they welcome Cologne – the team with the worst away record in the division – to the RheinEnergieStadion.

“We still have a good chance to move up to 14th or 15th in the league, because there are still four games to play,” Magath said.

“If we manage to get the first three points on Saturday, and that is what we expect, then I am convinced that we can take the momentum into the next games, and that we will play well in them.”

“And the other teams that are ahead of us or level, have a more difficult schedule than we have.”

Brazilian midfielder Diego echoed his manager’s sentiments, insisting that – despite their disappointing season – the players do have the resilience to avoid the drop.

“The team is ready,” Diego said.

“It was a very good week. We trained a lot … now we just wait for the game, a very tough game – we know that, but we are fit to fight and to get the three points.”

“We were always a team … sometimes good, sometimes bad – that’s normal, but we were always together and we can feel that. Of course it’s not possible to play every game at a high level.

Wolfsburg drew 2-2 with fellow strugglers St Pauli last Saturday, with Diego determined to go one better and collect all three points on Sunday.

“It’s true the last game was not good, we know that and we tried to train here every day to try and improve ourselves to be better in the next one and that’s what want to do,” he said.

“We will be a team again, if we win or if we lose, we will be together.”

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