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'It wasn't the game we hoped it would be'

By Rune Gjerulff

VfB Stuttgart coach Nico Willig was a bit disappointed after Thursday's 2-2 draw with Union Berlin.

Nico Willig.
Nico Willig.Photo: Jeollo/VfB-exklusiv.de/CC-by-SA 3.0

VfB Stuttgart coach Nico Willig says things didn't go according to plan in the first leg of the Bundesliga relegation play-off against Union Berlin on Thursday evening.

Willig's troops ultimately had to settle for a 2-2 draw at home against the 2. Bundesliga side which means everything is open ahead of Monday's return leg in Berlin.

"It wasn't the game we hoped it would be. We wanted to take our first step towards securing the play-off win. We were up against an opponent who deserved the draw overall," Willig said after the game, as quoted by VfB Stuttgart.

"It was an intense game that definitely didn't go according to plan for us. We were hoping for a different game, but we need to gather our strength, dust ourselves down and go all out on Monday. We want to win the return leg," he added.

After being relegated to the 2. Bundesliga in the 2015/16 season, Stuttgart bounced straight back to the Bundesliga by winning promotion in the following 2016/17 campaign.

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