Sports director Sven Mislintat has defended VfB Stuttgart’s philosophy of increasingly relying on young talents despite the current danger of relegation in the Bundesliga.
“The reasons for the standings are primarily – regardless of age – in the performance that we are currently showing,” said the 49-year-old on the Sport1 program “Doppelpass”.
“I think we learned during the last relegation that you went into relegation with eight former national players – an almost contrary path – and then lost them to Union Berlin,” explained Mislintat.
“In my opinion, there is no panacea and no clear statement as to whether youth or experience leads to this. The decisive thing is that the boys can bring the personality and quality that is in them to the pitch.” The Stuttgarters have been without a win and goal for five games and are currently penultimate in the table. During the season they had to deal with a number of injury and illness-related absences.
In principle, the management of VfB has been in the process of “consolidating the club economically for two and a half years”, added Mislintat. There will always be “a discrepancy between the emotional, historical perception of this club and what we are currently able to do,” he said. Getting players for 20 million euros is not possible.
“The guys we have are good. They’re going through a crisis right now, which isn’t easy. Keeping up the class is a task,” Mislintat said. “But if we can do it, and even if we fail, we will continue to develop in many areas – also in the area of leadership. Only in crises do the guys come forward who can lead automatically. You don’t buy them.”