aOn Sunday evening, Pellegrino Matarazzo sat on the podium in the press room and said a sentence he was never allowed to say after a Bundesliga match against Bayern Munich: “I think a tie is fine.”
In his first three attempts as a football coach at FC Stuttgart, Matarazzo lost three times against the permanent champion: 1:3, 0:4, 0:5. Now, on his fourth attempt, he made it 2-2 with his team – in a match that was all Something in it is about whether he can still sit in Munich and say the camel next season.
If Pellegrino Matarazzo and Stuttgart had not won a point against Bayern Munich in the penultimate round, they could not have left 16th place in the last round. This meant: landing – if all goes well.
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Since 2:2, the chances are pretty good, as with 30 points, 39:58 goals and a home game against 1. FC Köln, they will not be defeated again by 17th-placed Arminia Bielefeld (27 points, 26:52 goals). ). , home match against RB Leipzig) were caught – and it’s not bad that they passed 15th place for Hertha Berlin (33 points, 36:69 goals, away match at Borussia Dortmund).
“If we get three points, Hertha should also score points against Dortmund,” Matarazzo said. I heard he had hope. Because of a cross from Borna Sosa and a header from Sasa Calajdic.
This scene showed the skills of the VfB Stuttgart team. Hardly anyone can get past the ball as accurately as the German-Croatian full-back. Hardly anyone can head the ball with the same precision as the Austrian striker’s heart.
The goal of making the score 2-2 was to represent the potential and talent that Matarazzo has in his team. So why is Stuttgart ranked 16th? Because many players with potential and talent have been injured this season.
And because the league has adapted to the forces of Stuttgart. “I felt like every team sent two men to Borna and two men covered me in the penalty area,” Calajic said. “So it’s not easy.”
It was different on Sunday. In the 52nd minute, Sosa managed to pass a free cross three times in 20 seconds before reaching his attacker. In the 53rd minute, Kalajic managed to score freely in front of Manuel Neuer. He said: “I know I should have put the ball on” – and later added: “Of course you can always complain that more could have been done. But we worked hard with the point, for the head, for the morale.”
And so the Stuttgart players celebrated with their fans in the stadium – in the evening when the championship trophy was presented in Munich.
Bayern Munich coach Julian Nagelsmann, winner of his first title in his first season in Munich, sat on the podium in the press room, alongside Pellegrino Matarazzo, on Sunday evening. He talked about the bowl being “heavier than expected” in his hands, but also about the athletic problem evident even in the match against Sixteen.
“The counterpressure has to be mercilessly good – with a lot of power,” he said. This has rarely been the case this season. The result: It is not very difficult to surprise the first team in the Bundesliga in transitional situations. How to solve this problem? When a reporter asked about new players in this vein, Nagelsmann replied, “I wouldn’t mind if we bought one or two presses as well.”
Sports director Hasan Salihamidzic was later in the interview area. The man responsible for buying players in Munich. “We don’t have an infinite amount of money. We extended some contracts. We tried to keep the essence of the team.” “We’ll see what we can do based on the financial situation.”
And even if his coach’s wishes for the club’s competitiveness in the Champions League are understandable, one must say from a Bundesliga perspective: It can’t be that a 2-2 draw against the relegation candidate is either. Well from a neutral perspective it goes.