Stuttgart has been playing like a typical relegated team in recent weeks. The Swabians are always trying and create good opportunities, but it rarely jumps out of countable. On the one hand, Sommer holds the great opportunity outstanding. On the other hand, Müller lets in a durable shot. The pendulum is always swinging against VfB Stuttgart.
Tooor for Bor. Mönchengladbach, 0:1 by Alassane Pléa
It comes, as it must. Stuttgart has the chances and Gladbach scores. Pléa lets Führich get off far too easily in the left half field. Then he plays on Neuhaus, who puts a lob into Pléa’s run with the first contact. The Frenchman takes a direct volley from a central position of 14 meters. Müller gets a hand on the ball, but cannot prevent the impact. It was a powerful shot. Nevertheless, the goalkeeper could have saved him.
The hosts start here like the fire brigade. With a little more precision in the end, it would already be 1-0.
And there is already the next big chance for VfB. This time Tiago Tomás goes right into the penalty area. He pulls hard from ten yards. Sommer shows a strong parade and fends off the slightly too unplaced shot to the corner. The following standard yields nothing.
Sosa has the first big chance of the game. Ito plays a great ball over the Gladbach defense chain. Sosa goes into the penalty area on the left and then shoots from a tight angle. His shot goes well past the far post. The cross pass to Tiago Tomás would have been a better choice.
So far, the guests have lacked precision in the passing game. If Gladbach conquers the ball, there would actually be room to counterattack. But usually the first pass fails, so that Stuttgart regains possession of the ball.
Führich takes the first conclusion of the game. The attacking midfielder pulls into the middle from the left and then shoots at goal with the right from 20 meters. But the conclusion is too central and no problem for summer.
Stuttgart is very committed in the first few minutes. It is not clear which team has been waiting for a win for months and is up to its neck in a relegation battle.
Gladbach also appears at the front for the first time. Thuram brings a cross into the middle from the right. Bensebaini takes the ball directly, but only shoots himself. In retrospect, the flag goes up here too.
Endo brings a nice cross from the right half field in the middle. Everyone misses the ball, so Führich comes into play on the second post. But he fritters away the chance and then the flag goes up. Führich was offside.
The atmosphere in Stuttgart is excellent. The fans stand united behind their battered team.
Marmoush starts a dribble on the left and goes into the box. In a duel with Ginter, the Stuttgarter goes down. An outcry goes through the Mercedes-Benz Arena. But the Gladbach defender played the ball. Therefore there is no penalty.
Adi Hütter also changed his game system after the 2-2 win against Wolfsburg. Instead of a 3-4-3, today he sends his team onto the pitch in a 4-2-3-1. He also makes two personnel changes. Central defender Jordan Beyer is not in the squad. Kouadio Koné comes into the team for him. The Frenchman starts on the six. Stefan Lainer is also not available today. Joe Scally starts in legal defense for him.
Pellegrino Matarazzo changes his starting line-up to two positions in contrast to the 2-1 defeat against Hoffenheim. He also switches from a 4-1-4-1 to a 3-5-2 formation. Borna Sosa comes in and starts on the usual left flank. Saša Kalajdžić starts up front today. Pascal Stenzel and Orel Mangala make room for this.
Today’s opponent could come in handy. Gladbach is also far behind its own expectations. In the past seven competitive games, only one win was achieved. In addition, they lost 6-0 at Borussia Dortmund two weeks ago. The weak defense is the foal’s biggest problem. Adi Hütter’s team has already conceded four or more goals five times in the league. Gladbach even conceded more goals than today’s opponent Stuttgart. And Borussia also has to deal with relegation. The club is currently in 13th place, only four points ahead of the relegation place.
The Stuttgart stuck deep in the crisis. Pellegrino Matarazzo’s team last won the Bundesliga on December 11, 2021. Since then, only two points have been scored from nine games. VfB is in 17th place in the table and four points behind the relegation place. In the past two games, everything pointed to a Stuttgart relegation. They led against Bochum and Hoffenheim for a long time and still didn’t win. Bochum equalized in the 94th minute. Hoffenheim gave VfB a goal in the 85th and 90th minute. Luck is currently not on the side of the Swabians.
Hello and welcome to the top game of the 25th match day of the Bundesliga. Today at 18:30 Borussia Mönchengladbach is a guest at VfB Stuttgart.