In the first game under the new and old coach Bruno Labbadia, VfB Stuttgart takes a point. However, after the 1-1 draw against FSV Mainz 05, there was no satisfaction.
Bruno Labbadia thanked the fans for their support with applause and high-fived his players. However, the returning coach of VfB Stuttgart did not seem satisfied at all after the 1-1 (1-1) draw against FSV Mainz 05 at the start of the year.
Accordingly, Waldemar Anton classified the game critically. “We deserved the win, put a lot of pressure on and allowed little,” said the central defender on Sky: “We have to blame ourselves for not scoring the goal. We have to be more consistent in front of the goal, then we’ll win the game here.”
Serhou Guirassy (36′) gave VfB the lead in what had been a turbulent game, but Marcus Ingvartsen (40′) equalized with a penalty shortly afterwards. “Mainz can live with the draw better than we can,” said VfB sporting director Fabian Wohlgemuth. Nevertheless, one could “build very well” on the performance.
While Stuttgart initially has to make do with the relegation place in the new year, coach Bo Svensson’s team is still stuck in the lower middle of the table after the fifth game in a row without a win.
VfB Stuttgart: Joy doesn’t last long
Labbadia had promised plenty of offensive in advance. VfB will “not stand back and only defend,” said the 56-year-old: “We have to work every inch of the pitch.”
In the early minutes, his team tried hard to live up to the new coach’s ideas – but only with moderate success. Mainz knew how to compensate for the intensity of Stuttgart with their own aggressive style of play. Consequently, the game was characterized more by many duels than by actions in the penalty area.
Any dangerous advances were then thwarted either by the two well-positioned defenses or by their own mistakes, so the Stuttgart lead came as a surprise. Guirassy, who had missed just a few seconds earlier (35th) in front of the Mainz goal, did better at the second attempt.
However, the VfB joy did not last long. In an attempt to clear, Naouirou Ahamada only hit his opponent, Ingvartsen confidently converted the penalty awarded according to the video study to the deserved break.
Both teams carried the momentum from the final phase of the first half into the second 45 minutes, to the benevolence of the spectators. In a suddenly fast-paced game, first Guirassy (53′) missed, shortly afterwards Aymen Barkok (57′) after a Mainz counterattack and Guirassy (60′) only hit the crossbar for VfB.
VfB Stuttgart – FSV Mainz 05: The statistics of the game