A draw that “hurt”: The offensive VfB Stuttgart writes down the direct relegation that Wolfsburg has.
Control distortion in relegation battle? Sven Mislintat countered Felix Magath’s ignition work with a smug smile. “We don’t need,” said the Stuttgart Mislintats director of the critical statements by the former VfB master maker about the next opponent, the strangely tension-free master FC Bayern. Magaths Hertha, replied Mislintat, “has it in his own hands – and shouldn’t need Bayern Munich”.
The VfB is completely different. With his late goal (89th), Joker Chris Führich secured one point at 1-1 (0: 1) against the VfL Wolfsburg rescued – nothing more. “It hurts a bit,” said Pellegrino Matarazzo about the lean draw.
In view of the four points behind Berlin and the difficult games in Munich and against European Cup candidate Cologne, the trainer has written down the direct league.
“First earn the relegation and create relegation over it,” said Matarazzo as a route. After all, Arminia Bielefeld lurks only two points behind Stuttgart. And so Mislintat also gave the goal of “holding this 16th place” and then the relegation “with everything we have”.
The VfB does not have much to avert the fourth Bundesliga descent after 1975, 2016 and 2019. That became clear against Wolfsburg. Matarazzo saw “several weak points”, especially on the offensive.
No wonder: In the past five games without victory, the courted Sasa Kalajdzic and Co.
Does VfB crash against Union Berlin again three years ago? Mislintat sees a “giant difference at that time: a very, very good group with high quality”. He is certain: “Playing against us is no fun.” Not the Bavarian either? “It is clear,” countered Matarazzo colleague Magath, “that they don’t want to lose twice in a row.”
VfL Wolfsburg breathes up
Wolfsburg, on the other hand, reached his “minimal goal”, as Jörg Schmadtke called it. The managing director then announced that Florian Kohfeldt would go into the new season. The coach is also “firmly convinced” before the upcoming conversations and announced: “We have something before next year!”
At first he wanted to “hug” John Anthony Brooks and thank him for his important goal (13th). Despite his farewell in summer, the defender had given “everything, but also really everything”.
And so the coach rose “with a good feeling” into the plane, where he redeemed “could sleep a little”. Yes, he admitted like Schmadtke that this season was “unsatisfactory”, but “let’s let small speech” did not want to stay in the league.
Why? Schmadtke emphasized what was going wrong, “I was not solely responsible for Florian Kohfeldt”. The 39-year-old (contract until 2023) “led the team to where we wanted them in the end”.