RB Leipzig ended their misery away from home after more than nine months thanks to an outstanding Péter Gulácsi. For Stuttgart, the situation in the relegation battle is becoming more and more precarious.
Domenico Tedesco high-fived his outstanding goalkeeper Peter Gulácsi, beaming with joy and relief. The RB Leipzig coach knew exactly who to thank after the long-awaited end to the misery away from home for nine months. Even if Andre Silva and Christopher Nkunku scored the decisive goals in the lucky 2-0 (1-0) in Stuttgart – the man of the day was Gulácsi.
With ten (!) saves – a personal record – the 31-year-old Hungarian brought relegation-threatened VfB to despair. “Peter Gulácsi’s performance was outstanding, he kept us in the game. He’s a haven of peace,” Tedesco praised his keeper. “It was a very strong game from him. It’s good for him to keep a clean sheet again,” added Willi Orban on “Sky”.
Gulácsi himself did not want to overestimate his tremendous performance. He is happy “that I was able to help the team”. But, he added: “I’m even happier about our away win. And to be honest, it came too late given our ambitions. That’s not good enough.”
Nevertheless: While it is getting more and more dangerous for VfB in the relegation battle, RB continues its race to catch up in the direction of European Cup places with the third win in five games under Tedesco. Most recently, Leipzig won 4-1 in Bremen 280 days ago on April 10, 2021, after which there were seven bankruptcies in eleven games away from home. The success in Stuttgart should finally be the turning point, Tedesco hopes: “Such games and points can be important for teams.”
The eighth win of the season was always a happy one thanks to goals from the top scorers Silva (11th, penalty kick) and Nkunku (70th). The fact that VfB hadn’t equalized in the meantime was solely due to Gulácsi.
Whether before the break against Hiroki Ito and Wataru Endo, or after the change against Sasa Kalajdzic, Orel Mangala, Roberto Massimo or Waldemar Anton – the RB keeper destroyed all chances with class saves.
VfB sports director Sven Mislintat was correspondingly frustrated. “If you have shit on your feet, you have shit on your feet,” he said on ARD after a very committed performance by his VfB, who once again lacked the penetrating power in the end. For four games and a total of 387 minutes, the Swabians, who have only won one of their last six games, have been waiting for a goal – a negative club record set.
You can’t blame the team, stressed Mislintat. Especially since VfB almost played with a “kindergarten”, as Kalajdzic noted in view of the many young players.
It is clear that the pressure is increasing, and according to Mislintat, VfB now have “strong games ahead of them”. First in Freiburg and then against Frankfurt.
Leipzig will continue on Wednesday in the cup against second division side Hansa Rostock. “That,” said Tedesco, “will be a nice fight.”