Three losses in a row, one point in a direct relegation zone. Stuttgart is under pressure against Mainz.
Believes he is on the right track with VfB: Stuttgart coach Pellegrino Matarazzo. imago images / Sportfoto Rudel
Coach Pellegrino Matarazzo sees the light at the end of the tunnel that Stuttgart has to go through due to his numerous injuries. The 43-year-old manager expects three forwards to return against Mainz. “Omar Marmoush, Silas and Chris Führich are options for the team,” said the VfB coach. “You’ve been training with me all week.
Small question marks to Silas and Führich – no starting options XI
There are little question marks with Silas and Führich. “They still need a little time, but those are options, if not for the starting XI.” In contrast, Maroush said he had the greatest chances to play from the start “because he has been training for two weeks now. Even though he had slight problems before the game in Dortmund, he now has less “. Marc Oliver Kempf (thigh problems), Naouirou Ahamda (Achilles tendon problems) and Erik Thommy (pelvic obliquity) will not be there.
Good memory of Mainz
In the pre-season, the Stuttgart side did not have such a good record against any other side than against Mainz: two wins and 6-1 goals adorn the record, which is due to continue on Friday. “Mainz is further ahead than in the second half of the previous season. But they have the same idea of the game: they are compact, focused on good and solid defense, conceded few goals and have great speed. very quickly the depth with strength., speed and There is also a very good counter-pressing and many goals after winning the ball, ”describes Matarazzo, who expects“ an emotionally intense team ”.
Opportunity and risk for his team. “That’s why it’s about being disgusting, like last season, being tough, blocking and working hard. We have to see the spaces that open up with their style of play and be smart with their own structure and defense and be tactically very disciplined. ”
The team showed that they believe in achieving their goals and that they want to achieve them.
Like the week before in the Dortmund game, which encourages the head coach. “It was a positive sign. The team showed that they believe they can and want to achieve their goals.”