Everything on attack? Not at VfB Stuttgart! The Swabian defensive monsters are particularly convincing in the duel against Eintracht Frankfurt.
Stuttgart – Fresh offensive football! So the enthusiastic VfB Stuttgart this season more often all over football Germany.
Like Eintracht Frankfurt, which is why many experts expected an open exchange of blows on Saturday. But nothing came of it.
Instead of offensive fireworks, it became a defensive battle! The teams drew 1: 1.
“It was a very intense game between the penalty areas. Not many chances were created because the defensive departments worked well on both sides,” summed up VfB sporting director Sven Mislintat (48).
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Yes, it was really a showdown of the pressing machines!
Stuttgart coach Pellegrino Matarazzo (43) warned before the game that the Hessians should not be underestimated in this regard.
But the Swabians do not need to hide because of their defensive performance.
One of the really great tackles is Marc Oliver Kempf (26), who also showed no nakedness in Frankfurt: “I think it is now known that I accept the duels and throw myself in wherever I can,” said the Stuttgart defender , who is often called “Kempfer” by his colleagues.
Having won 252 duels in the season so far, however, Kempf is only the fourth-best VfB professional.
In front of him is attacker Silas Wamangituka (272), six Orel Mangala (289) and of course Wataru Endo (357).
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The 28-year-old has the best value in the league and convinced again against Eintracht. To see what the Japanese machine did in defensive midfield was once again impressive.
But you have long been used to its performance. On the other hand, the value of wamangituka should be more surprising. But especially when playing against Frankfurt, the 21-year-old Congolese celebrated not only his offensive skills, but also toiled in reverse.
This reflects the Swabians’ recipe for success this season: In addition to fast counter-football, the Matarazzo protégés convince with a collective defensive performance.