Stuttgart - Schalke 04

Germany: Bundesliga
Stuttgart W. Endo (10), W. Endo (26), S. Kalajdzic (34), P. Klement (88), D. Didavi (90)
Schalke 04 S. Kolašinac (40), X N. Bentaleb (Pen. 72)

Matarazzo admits Wamangituka needs a rest

By Peter Vice

At a Thursday presser, VfB Stuttgart head-coach Pellegrino Matarazzo hinted that he was considering giving his star winger a break against Schalke on Saturday. 

Silas Wamangituka.
Silas Wamangituka.Photo: Jeollo,, CC BY-SA 3.0

The fact that the Bundesliga's current Swabian representatives have become overly-reliant on flanker Silas Wamangituka is common knowledge at this point. As a result, the Congolese attacker has been dipping in form recently; an classic example of a player too mentally overtaxed to produce consistently creative ideas. 

Stuttgart trainer Pellegrino Matarazzo revealed to members of the assembled press corps that he was considering giving the 21-year-old a rest in the coming weeks. 

"He's a player who thrives on his mental originality," the head-coach divulged, "I talk to him, ask how he's playing, and pay attention to his body language. We'll see when the next possibility arises to give him a break." 

It does not appear as if Wamangituka will have the luxury of taking a breather this weekend against Schalke. Even against the last-place team in the league, the Badeners can't afford to take too many chances.

Nicolas Gonzalez remains three weeks away from a return. Wamanigtuka's direct backup Tanguy Coulibaly is questionable with injury. Erik Thommy, who has been able to pick up some of the team's offensive slack, has been ruled out. 

Schalke themselves must do without Nassim Boujellab, excluded after issues struggles with both his ankle and his knee.

"[Schalke] is hard to gauge because they're banged up," Matarazzo noted, "they're better in terms of individual quality than their position in the table indicates." 

1Gregor Kobel
5Konstantinos Mavropanos
2Waldemar Anton
4Marc-Oliver Kempf ↩76
14Silas Wamangituka ↩86
3Wataru Endo
23Orel Mangala
24Borna Sosa
20Philipp Förster ↩62
8Gonzalo Castro (C) ↩62
9Sasa Kalajdzic ↩86
33Fabian Bredlow
18Hamadi Al Ghaddioui ↪86
15Pascal Stenzel ↪76
16Atakan Karazor
7Tanguy Coulibaly ↪86
10Daniel Didavi ↪62
21Phillipp Klement ↪62
29Alkhaly Momo Cissé
31Mateo Klimowicz
Schalke 04
34Michael Langer
31Timo Becker
30Shkodran Mustafi
33Malick Thiaw
20Sead Kolašinac (C)
17Benjamin Stambouli ↩84
6Omar Mascarell ↩57
13William ↩56
8Suat Serdar
25Amine Harit
43Matthew Hoppe ↩73
48Sören Ahlers
9Benito Raman ↪73
3Hamza Mendyl
24Bastian Oczipka ↪84
10Nabil Bentaleb ↪57X
28Alessandro Schöpf ↪56
37Münir Mercan
40Can Bozdogan

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