Alone from the backdrop it will be something special. The VfB Stuttgart expects tonight (20.30, live! At VfB Stuttgart) with around 60,000 spectators Borussia Dortmund. “A highlight” of the season, as it calls sports director Sven Mislinat: for him as ex-BVB employees as well as for some of the VFB professionals who have never completed such a game before such a backdrop. Like Atadan Karazor, Chris Leaf, Orel Mangala or Pascal Stenzel, who once wore the colors of BVB. “That’s a very good team. They are a bit under pressure, but are still table-resistant,” says Matarazzo. The Borussen had “extreme offensive quality, over many gambling, agile, ball-safe players”.
And an exceptional door, a natural power, such as Erling Haaland, the robust and fast scorer from Norway, gladly called. “Very apt. He is an exceptional striker with athletic skills that you can not see in the Bundesliga,” says Stuttgart’s coach, which is still not scared. You want the 21-year-old – the currently has been on 295 minutes goatless – “with a good individual defensive performance” brakes. Especially on two VFB professionals, it will arrive “seeing the depth of the depth and secure the depths in time”. What the coach probably karazor on the six and Konstantinos Mavropanos in the internal defense should mean. Anyway, you will not tack the task tactical. “We have enough staff around him to turn it off in one or the other situation. But we also need a very focused, very good day.”
Three games against the VfB missed Haaland violated – also the 1: 5
The fact that the VfB is the only Bundesliga club next to the VfL Bochum and Arminia Bielefeld, has not yet taken against the Haaland is nice by union, but does not really serve as a sedative. Of three possible games, the Norwegian could only complete one: almost exactly one year ago, on the 28th matchday on April 10, the VfB underlined the BVB 2: 3. Haaland remained goatless, but prepared a hit.
In the other two games, the 1.94-meter-hunter was missing injured. Also at 1: 5 against Swabia on December 12, 2020. A historical match for the traditional club from the Neckar, but no longer worth mentioning as a motivational aid. “Our motivation is to continue our way and be victorious against a top opponent,” says Matarazzo. “The game of 12.12. So far did not matter. But we know that we are able to annoy even larger opponents when we go to our performance limit. If Dortmund does a few percent less, we have to be there.”