Slutsky: Wolfsburg strong without De Bruyne

CSKA Moscow manager Leonid Slutsky believes that VfL Wolfsburg will give his side a run for their money despite the loss of midfielder Kevin De Bruyne.

The Belgian international, who was Wolfsburg’s star player last season, joined Manchester City for a reported fee of £55 million last month. The loss of the midfielder is sure to be felt by the Bundesliga outfit who have recruited Julian Draxler from Schalke in attempt to fill the void left by De Bruyne.

Dieter Hecking’s side have begun the new league season in solid yet unspectacular fashion, securing two wins and two draw from their opening four fixtures, and Slutsky believes that even without De Bruyne, Wolfsburg pose a great threat.

“It will be an important game but also a difficult match for us,” Slutsky told reporters. “I’m responsible for the team and I can feel a lot of pressure but I can handle that. Wolfsburg are a very good team and we await a tough opponent.

“Wolfsburg have lost Kevin De Bruyne but nevertheless they are able to react with the transfers of Dante and Julian Draxler.”

Slutsky added that his side have to be at their very best if they want to beat Wolfsburg in front of their home fans at the Volkswagen Arena on Tuesday.

“They have a lot of quality in their squad and we will definitely have to play very seriously to get something out of this match,” he said.