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Bochum - Stuttgart

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VfB trainer challenges squad: "It's a question of character."

By Peter Vice

After four games without a win, VfB Stuttgart head-coach Pellegrino Matarazzo issued a direct challenge to his players ahead of their weekend clash. 

Pellegrino Matarazzo.
Pellegrino Matarazzo.

Results have quickly gone from bad to worse for VfB Stuttgart. Thought the season remains young, the Swabians haven't been able to respond to their head-coach's tactical directives in recent fixtures. A win against one of the lesser promoted sides (VfL Bochum) this weekend, should be feasible. According to the team's trainer, however, only if the squad adjusts it's overall posture on both sides of the ball.


"I wasn't pleased with our lack of forward momentum," Matarazzo said when referencing the team's 1-3 to Leverkusen last week, "There was sand in the gears. The performances were unacceptable from my vantage point. Summoning up energy is a question of character. This [coming] game is important for us to show what we can do and what we really want."

Stuttgart couldn't manage a goal last week despite the fact that they were gifted a man advantage shortly after the half-hour mark. Florian Wirtz even added another tally for the visitors while the hapless hosts struggled to get their offense into gear. Defensively speaking, Stuttgart have conceded twelve goals through five rounds. Only Bochum and Fürth have allowed in more.

"Defending to the last man, blocking crosses, and winning aerial duels," the American trainer elaborated, "are [also] matters of attitude."


Bochum
(4-2-3-1)
1M. Riemann
11H. Bockhorn
4E. Mašović
37A. Bella-Kotchap
3D. Soares
8A. Losilla (C) ↪84
20E. Rexhbecaj
22C. Antwi-Adjej ↪71
38E. Löwen ↪78
17G. Holtmann ↪84
40S. Polter
Bench
21M. Esser
7D. Blum ↩84
10T. Asano ↩71
27M. Pantović
35S. Ganvoula
16K. Stafylidis ↩84
24K. Lambropoulos
6P. Osterhage
23R. Tesche ↩78
Stuttgart
(4-1-4-1)
1F. Müller
5K. Mavropanos ↪85
16A. Karazor
2W. Anton
24B. Sosa
3W. Endo (C)
7T. Coulibaly ↪85
23O. Mangala ↪85
31M. Klimowicz ↪46
17O. Marmoush
18H. Al Ghaddioui ↪46
Bench
33F. Bredlow
4M. Kempf ↩85
37H. Ito
6C. Mola
10D. Didavi ↩85
11E. Thommy ↩46
21P. Klement
22C. Führich ↩46
30R. Massimo ↩85

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