Second competitive game, second setback: RB Leipzig also missed their first win of the season in a 1-1 (1-1) win in Stuttgart.
Domenico Tedesco jumped up and down the sidelines, flailed his arms and shouted commands onto the field, but it didn’t help. The final offensive by RB Leipzig was unsuccessful, the ambitious cup winner is still waiting for the first win of the season – now the returnee Timo Werner should help.
“It feels like a defeat,” said national player Benjamin Henrichs after the meager 1-1 (1-1) win at VfB Stuttgart DAZN. And newcomer David Raum added: “If you have so many chances, you just have to put things in place.” Coach Tedesco’s team recorded 27 shots on goal, but only Christopher Nkunku (8th) scored.
National striker Werner, who is about to return, could do better in the future. Managing Director Oliver Mintzlaff denied an agreement, but confirmed: “He’s an interesting player, we’re looking into it.” Raum would welcome his DFB colleague with open arms: “Who wouldn’t be happy if they had him on their team. He would be a top player.”
A week after the Supercup bankruptcy against FC Bayern, it was only enough for a draw, despite the chances, because Naouirou Ahamada equalized for VfB, who only saved himself at the last minute last season (31st). It was only the second VfB goal in previous duels against Leipzig.
“If you look at the entire game, we deserve the point,” said VfB sporting director Sven Mislintat: “You have to defend against such a team, throw yourself in.”
Leipzig after the break on the button
Tedesco made four changes to his team after the 5-3 defeat by Bayern Munich. Konrad Laimer, who was willing to leave, was absent due to an ankle injury he sustained in training. On the other hand, left-back Raum, who Leipzig had signed for around 25 million euros from Hoffenheim, ran for the first time for RB.
But the focus was first on Nkunku. The Frenchman completed the first RB chance straight away and picked up where he left off last season. Nkunku had 20 goals (plus 15 assists).
After brief initial difficulties, Leipzig clearly kept the pressure on, but failed to step up and quickly ensure clear conditions. This should pay off.
VfB, who initially could hardly free themselves, became more active and were rewarded by Ahamada, who kept an overview from the edge of the penalty area. VfB were able to keep the game balanced until the break, but were unlucky when Konstantinos Mavropanos (45+3) shot the post.
Stuttgart could have taken the lead shortly after the change when newcomer Josha Vagnoman lifted the ball over the goal from a free position. Leipzig found it difficult to find a gap in the well-stacked VfB defence. Only in the final phase did the favorite shift up a gear again, but failed again and again due to the strong VfB keeper Florian Müller.
VfB Stuttgart: Karazor substituted against Leipzig
Atakan Karazor also celebrated his return to the pitch 17 days after being released from custody. The 25-year-old came on as a substitute in added time.
“I’m happy that he’s back. He’s getting better every day. His voice in the dressing room is important,” said VfB coach Pellegrino Matarazzo after the game.
Karazor was arrested on a possible criminal offense while on holiday in Ibiza in mid-June. On July 21, the VfB professional was released on bail. Mislintat had repeatedly emphasized that the defender was “clearly our player and a full member of the team”.
VfB Stuttgart – RB Leipzig: The votes
Pellegrino Matarazzo (VfB Stuttgart coach): “It was happy, but not undeserved. We had problems in the first quarter of an hour, we had to adapt, but we turned the game around by the end of the first half. When we lost power, we suffered. But we fought until the end fought like lions.”
Domenico Tedesco (RB Leipzig coach): “Last season we weren’t entirely satisfied after our 2-0 win in Stuttgart. You saw a development today. We played aggressively and intensively. We created usury chances, but then you only go out of the game with one point . If we had taken those chances, we would have walked away from the pitch as deserved winners.”