Being in goal at VfL Wolfsburg this season must have been a bit of a horror for Pavao Pervan (34). The keeper was allowed to play six times and conceded a total of 16 goals.
His seventh mission went much better. In the success in Cologne (1-0) he kept his box clean and was the best VfL professional with numerous saves (BILD-Rating 2).
“The best thing for a goalkeeper is always being able to keep a clean sheet,” emphasizes the Austrian. “There were some good saves. But I can do better football-wise.”
Pervan holds the zero!
Against Cologne he slipped into the starting eleven for the injured goalkeeper Koen Casteels (29). And convinced. Also his coach.
“Of course his record wasn’t that good this season, which he personally can’t do anything about. We lost all games with him in goal,” says Kohfeldt. “So I was personally happy for him. Pavao did a great job, he’s a top professional and very important for the team.”
Nevertheless, he will probably have to go back to the bench on the last day of the game against Bayern. Should Casteels recover by then, the Belgian will move back into the VfL goal.
Not an easy situation for Pervan: “Of course every player always wants to play. But I also know how important Koen is at the club and what an outstanding goalkeeper he is.”
Despite the competitive situation, both get along very well: “I knew what to expect and accepted the challenge. I’m good at it. Of course, I also want to put pressure on Koen to help him develop. We are a good team.”
Bayern have that too. The master comes on the last match day.
“Bayern Munich are one of the best teams in the world,” emphasizes Pervan. “The coach doesn’t have to say much, just send the boys onto the pitch. No matter who is on the pitch, everyone will give their all.”
Whether he can give everything himself depends on Casteels…