Landing allure: Stuttgart’s new target in the relegation battle – sports news in ice hockey, winter sports and more

Late goals keep VfB’s hopes of a direct rescue alive. But it is small. After the draw with Wolfsburg, Stuttgart looks down.

As painful as 2019 was, relegation three years later looks attractive to VFB Stuttgart. Swabian residents’ faith in remaining in the Bundesliga declined significantly after the 1-1 (0-1) win over Wolfsburg VFL.

The gap to the 15th landing place is another four points, and the gap to the 17th landing place is two more points. Instead of three, VfB has only two matches – the first of which is next Sunday against old and new German champions FC Bayern. Munich. Stuttgart looks down rather than up – and prepares for two more games.

“What we have is relegation,” coach Pellegrino Matarazzo said. So, this is now “Goal One”. Athletic director Sven Mislintat is also primarily concerned with “covering yourself from below”. It is possible that the penultimate Armenia Bielefeld has already passed VfB before playing in Munich. Stuttgart’s situation is so dangerous that they are increasingly looking at potential knockout matches against the second division as an opportunity rather than a burden. Three years ago, he failed at FB at Union Berlin and was relegated for the second time in three years.

Late goals

The fact that a direct rescue is still possible thanks to the late targets. Kris Vohrech rewarded the hard-working but mostly harmless VfB team against Wolfsburg in the 89th minute with a 1-1 draw. In the parallel match, Bielefeld tied 1-1 with Hertha. So the hope of surviving detour is still very much alive in Stuttgart. small as it is.

Because never before since the three-point rule was introduced has such a large gap with the Bundesliga team currently fourth down have been made up at such a late stage in the season. VfB is still struggling to score.

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For the first time in over a month, Matarazzo scored a goal from open play against VfL. Given their spirits, which they displayed after John Anthony Brooks (13) trailed early, the Stuttgart team deserved it. However, he couldn’t hide the fact that they lacked brilliant ideas and breakthrough power in the final third. As in Hertha’s disappointing 0:2 match a week ago, Sasa Calajdic was not a factor. Matarazzo and Mislintat praised his commitment and work in running, but the attacking star didn’t threaten to score.

very little point

Combatively, the Swabians showed themselves in improvement compared to the defeat in the capital. According to their coach, they first had to develop the courage that Matarazzo demanded over the course of the match. “We have to keep moving forward, stay informed, and work hard every day,” said Joker and Target Furish. In the relegation battle, every point counts. His colleague Calajdic also admitted that “in our situation, it’s very little”.

The fact that Bayern lost 3-1 at 1. FSV Mainz 05 and so may be out to make up could make Stuttgart’s job next weekend even more difficult. “Obviously they don’t want to lose twice in a row and maybe they want to celebrate their title with a home win,” Matarazzo said.

Mislantat also doesn’t think the record champions will let her slip. “I’m sure it takes superlative performance to achieve something,” he asserted. If VfB doesn’t take anything with them, that’s fine with a direct rescue. However, it is not as close as it felt at the moment of Führsch’s strike. Which is why relegation to the second tier has suddenly become attractive.

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