VfB Stuttgart will meet Union Berlin in the closure and must switch to everything or no position after Schalke 04's tired zero number. How can this succeed best during the season finale?
Gelsenkirchen / Stuttgart – The little documentation about Union Berlin was already ready. Really compiled with the strengths and weaknesses of the upcoming counterparty. Certainly, Nico Willig had two potential opponents to break down several times during review. Also on Sunday observers of VfB Stuttgart sat in the arenas, while intermediate coaches looked at the union Berlin (2: 2 at VfL Bochum) and SC Paderborn (1: 3 at Dynamo Dresden) in front of the TV. Now it has become iron. "It is not easy to make goals against the Union. We want to be self-sufficient and start the closure with our fans behind us," says manager Thomas Hitzlsperger.
This marks the beginning of VfB's concrete preparation for the two most important season games. The coach had already made rough match plans, but on Sunday evening after deciding on the division's third division, he thought, "Now it's up to the details."
What Zieler expects from his teammates
However, the last game in the regular Bundesliga round will bring Willig conclusions. 0: 0 on Schalke 04 was a game to forget, on several levels: Sporty, because Stuttgarter than safe tables -16 slowed down and forced not by the weak hosts (disappointing tables -15) Personnel, because Willig made six changes to the start student compared to the success against VfL Wolfsburg. Pillars should hurt or lock in. And emotionally, the conflict moved close to zero.
Now is the time to get the excitement up to a hundred percent. "The fight against Schalke and the closure cannot be compared," said goalkeeper Ron-Robert Zieler. "I now expect from each of our players that he is full and can withstand the pressure." As expected, the burden is more on the Bundesliga side, especially in the home team, which is waiting for Stuttgarter on Thursday (20.30 clock / Eurosport player).
"But we have to remember that we have to walk 180 minutes," says Christian Gentner. So was brave but did not rush to destroy. As a reference, the captain of the Wolfsburg game serves. "Much of what we have done in 3-0 , we should go back to the square, "says the midfielder. As for the offensive, the coach sees room for improvement in" intensity, dynamics, independence and efficiency. "With Willing, Willig wanted to bring Schalke momentum into the attack to put Mario Gomez But neither Alexander Esswein on the right nor Borna Sosa on the left recommended for the closure. For what lacked it in eagerness, missed the second body tension.
Gomez returns to the spotlight again
Gomez remains such a center forward , which raises the question of whether he can play a crucial role again for the team at the place. For Gentner, the answer is clear: "Yes. If I were to bet on our games, then I would bet that Mario will still be very important to us. "Whether it's a start-time or part-time, it will show if runners Anastasios Donis and Nicolas Gonzalez are no breaks prescribed.
Gonzalez, who already has more missions under his belt than what was really good for the keen, Argentine Young, still had 20 minutes left on the Berger field to keep pace, Donis, who threatened a yellow card suspension, had to complete after the final whistle increases to compensate for the lost minutes of play physically a bit. which was also threatened by the yellow danger.
With Marc Oliver Kempf (weak muscle problem) Kabak will again form the center of defense against the Berliners. Although their representatives Timo Baumgartl and Holger Badstuber had delivered a positive element in Gelsenkirchen. "We have now played three times in zero in four games, says the coach.
With a tactical approach that turns out to be Willig's mix after five weeks of action with the pros: "Start high and defend deeply" – one as often as possible, the other as often as necessary. And the last piece of advice required for a successful project, Stuttgart Bundesliganovize personally wanted to get in touch with Schalke coach Huub Stevens. "He is the Savior's love."