After the 1: 4 defeat of VfB Stuttgart at FC Augsburg, heads and trends clearly pointed downwards. A question of attitude for playmaker Daniel Didavi.
From a scientific point of view, the gravity is the same in every corner of the Augsburg stadium. However, the hanging heads of Waldemar Anton, Borna Sosa, Fabian Bredlow and Co after the 1: 4 defeat at FC Augsburg suggested that the force of gravity on VfB Stuttgart was much stronger on Sunday evening than on the FCA players. Because they were dancing with their fans at the same time, apparently as light as a feather.
It was a massive defeat for VfB Stuttgart – against Augsburg of all places, a direct competitor in the relegation battle. They are now on the relegation place with nine points. Stuttgart has one more point. The Swabians thought they were already on. “It is clear that we are not aiming to be where we are now,” said VfB keeper Fabian Bredlow in an interview with SWR Sport.
Didavi struggles with the setting of VfB Stuttgart
It looked as if gravity had only shifted about 20 minutes after kick-off. Because until then everything went according to plan. Chris Führich had shot the Württemberg Swabians in the lead (7th) and Stuttgart had dominated the Bavarian Swabians.
After that, VfB Stuttgart “simply stopped playing football without any explanation for me”, as Daniel Didavi snorted into the ARD microphone in frustration. “With all due respect to Augsburg, they did their thing, they fought after the 1-1 draw and worked their way into it. But it wasn’t because of Augsburg’s strength, but because we simply stopped playing football. So today we found it I’m not setting us up well as a team. “
VfB Stuttgart with many injuries, but without excuses
Certainly, coach Pellegrino Matarazzo was missing eleven players against Augsburg even before kick-off. Then Chris Führich (22nd) and Marc Oliver Kempf (39th) had to be replaced with injuries. For Didavi, however, no excuse: “All the injured. Of course they are part of it. Of course, this is quality that was missing. But I accept that if today the attitude would have been 100 percent in my opinion and we can say: Ok, it wasn’t quite enough. Then you can say: Quality – a lot of players are missing. ” Against Augsburg, however, it wasn’t just the lack of quality, “and that’s why I’m not accepting that in the game today”.
Coach Matarazzo at least acknowledged that with Dinos Mavropanos (1.92 meters) and later also with Kempf (1.86 meters) two important pillars in the defense had broken away, which at least favored the two goals against according to standards: “They are our two best header player. You noticed that today when you look at the average size. “
VfB keeper Fabian Bredlow also at a loss
Even for goalkeeper Fabian Bredlow, who didn’t make a happy figure with the goals conceded to 1: 2 (53rd) and 1: 3 (72nd), the injuries weren’t the reason for the defeat: “With us all players enjoy the trust . We have enough quality and we can’t use that as an excuse. ” Even if he didn’t want to be as harsh as his colleague Didavi: “On the whole, the will was there.”
Bredlow didn’t really know why it was instead: “But it just didn’t work out. And in the end it turned out to be shit.” Now VfB Stuttgart has five days to process the setback and prepare for the next basement duel. “Now it’s time to fight Bielefeld and take three points,” said Bredlow. The challenge for Trainer Trainer Matarazzo will be to provide the necessary ease again until then – at least in terms of perception. Because science will not be so easily tricked against Bielefeld.