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enigma VfB Stuttgart: helplessness after minus performance

VfB Stuttgart ended up with nothing but puzzles. Torwart Ron-Robert Zieler had no idea what he was doing with the 1:1 against the 1. FC Nuremberg should start.

“No one really knows, the fans don’t and we don’t,” said the former national gatekeeper. Neither did his trainer Markus Weinzierl. After the failed experience of success in the downward struggle, the 44-year-old spoke with a serious face of things that now had to be “worked up and improved”. How this is to be done remains open.

It is clear, however, that winegrowing is allowed to continue.” We are now going through the “together” sports board Thomas Hitzlsperger affirmed at “Sky”.

But even this did not bring visible joy to wineries. After another weak performance, the Swabians were left with nothing but disappointment. After all, the distance was kept from the Nuremberg champions at four points.

The victory not only demanded by the club leadership before the game was again missed. And what a desolate season the Swabians are playing shows a look at different numbers.

Hitzlsperger honestly: “This goes extremely to the substance”

With now 21 points after 28 games the VfB has twelve points less than at the same time in the season 2015/2016 – than at the end of the direct descent. From the last 13 games, the Stuttgarts only gained a victory.

“It hurts, it goes extremely to the substance,” said the sobered heat blocker after the next senseless performance. But the 37-year-old considered it “perhaps as a sign” that his team had at least managed to make up for it.

The biggest hope for the traditional club at the moment, however, is that That in Nuremberg and Hanover 96 two other teams played an even weaker season.

Defender Ozan Kabak (75.) had saved the VfB at least the point against the club by a duster. With now three hits, the young winter newcomer from Turkey is already among the best goalkeepers of the VfB. Only former national players Mario Gomez (6) and Steven Zuber (5) have scored more hits this season than the 19-year-old.

“Two lost points” for Nuremberg

“In the end there are actually two points too few,” said Torhkeeper Zieler. But at most the luckless but committed FCN would have won. In the final phase, the replaced Virgil Misidjan (90) had a huge chance at 1:2, but the Dutch failed at a short distance at the most reactive target. For Nuremberg’s trainer Boris Schommers, the remis felt like “two lost points”.

While the Franks were gloating over their missed opportunities, Stuttgart had a long struggle with the missed big chance in the downhill fight. With a victory, the distance to Nuremberg would have grown to seven points, but now the release is getting closer and closer. There is currently no ease, complained Coach Weinzierl. How to return it remains his secret.