No question about it, VfB Stuttgart is in a sporting crisis. In autumn 2021, VfB arrived in the relegation battle again. Did that surprise anyone?
No panic! This is not only the motto of old rocker Udo Lindenberg or the 1990s book series “The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy”, but also these days from VfB Stuttgart. After the last three defeats in a row, the Swabians are in 15th place – with one point ahead of the relegation relegation place. Sports director Sven Mislintat was not too surprised after the 0-1 home defeat against Arminia Bielefeld: “We arrived exactly where we saw each other before the season: in the middle of the relegation battle.” A look at social media shows that the majority of VfB fans think this way too. After all, everyone who likes football knows the following unwritten law: “The second year is always the hardest for a newcomer.”
Why is it going the way it is?
The question of why VfB Stuttgart is currently where it is in the second year after its repeated promotion is easy to answer given the facts: VfB coach Pellegrino Matarazzo is missing more than a dozen professionals. With Sasa Kalajdzic, Silas Katompa Mvumpa, Omar Marmoush and Chris Führich, the complete established offensive series is missing. “We must not forget that everything we have planned for the starting eleven before the start of the season will fail us,” explains Mislintat. It is quite understandable that the inexperienced young executive is not able to react adequately week after week to personnel and tactical changes. Only the experiment to set up left-back Borna Sosa as right-winger should be rated as successful.
Where is the journey going?
Last season, VfB had seven points more on their account after the 11th matchday and were in seventh place in the table. As unsatisfactory as the situation is for the club and its supporters at the moment, for an indefinite period of time you have to keep yourself afloat with perseverance slogans: “When we have the full band again, we will see another VfB Stuttgart”, so the hope by Sven Mislintat. But no matter who returns after the international break, that is by no means a guarantee that VfB will immediately find their way back on the road to success. One can only hope that no other professional hobbles back to Stuttgart injured after his international trip. But it is good to know that even in this case there would be no panic among those responsible for sports under the red roof in Cannstatt.