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Tumbling VfB Stuttgart works in Marbella at the turn

No goals and hardly any points: VfB Stuttgart is getting into increasing relegation troubles. A training camp in Marbella should now be the big turning point.

Christian Streich nipped the criticism of his fellow coach Pellegrino Matarazzo in the bud with a passionate plea. “Key players have been out for many months with serious injuries. You can’t compensate for that with quality,” said the 56-year-old, explaining the crisis at VfB Stuttgart: “There are only very few teams that can do that. We couldn’t do it either. ” He hopes that Matarazzo will finally have a team available for the rest of the season that “can go full steam ahead”.

It can’t do that at the moment, as was shown once again in the 0: 2 (0: 1) in the Baden-Württemberg derby at SC Freiburg. On the one hand, the offensive that has been goalless for 477 minutes around the form-seeking returnees Sasa Kalajdzic and Silas, plus the numerous individual dropouts at the back – there is currently a lack of every corner and end. The two-week break comes in handy, a six-day training camp in Marbella starting Sunday should be the turning point.

“The next two weeks are very important,” said Matarazzo. The training camp will be “athletically an overload week. Work a lot so that we can achieve an effect for the next few weeks. It’s not entirely unimportant for us to get fitter.” This applies in particular to hopeful Kalajdzic, who has been out for four months due to a shoulder injury.

“I’ll talk to the coach and analyze what I can do better. To be honest, I don’t know, I have no idea,” said the Austrian at a loss.

Matarazzo will also need to work on integrating his striker better in the Spanish sun. “Tactically, there will certainly be one or two new things. I’ll consider whether we need new structures and processes, or how we can refine each process,” said the coach.

He was “always looking for a solution as to how every player can reach their performance limit,” he explained. Perhaps now is the time to take “a certain risk”.

Mislintat rages after VAR procedure

The Swabians, who have been without a win for five games, also shied away from that in Freiburg, where an own goal by Hiroki Ito (37th) and a goal by Kevin Schade (71st) decided the game.

A penalty taken back when the score was 0-0 after a tricky duel between Lukas Kübler and Alexis Tibidi also played a part in the defeat. “In my opinion, the intervention is completely insane. It would never happen that it would be reversed against teams that have a different reputation than VfB,” said sporting director Sven Mislintat.

The gap to the first non-relegation zone is now three points. “It doesn’t matter how we play,” said keeper Florian Müller urgently: “We have to score now.”

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