In his military nature, Sasa Kalajdzic spoke a bit like his winning goal as if there had never been the heavy past months at the VFB Stuttgart. An enormous load was dropped, the relief in the Swabia was immensely.
With the remarkable comeback victory against Borussia Mönchengladbach and with the Austrian StartTelf returnee, the belief in the relegation battle of the football Bundesliga is back to the Stuttgarten. “I knew the haare I pure. Just assume, turn on, turn and into the long corner – thank you!”, Kalajdzic said at the “Sky” over the gate to 3: 2, which the VFB fans finally fried out.
The 24-year-old national counterpart is the great hope of the table top last and completed the catching up on Saturday night. Almost three months without a Bundesliga victory went to the end for VfB. On the grass began an exuberant, albeit short party.
“Victory was extremely important”
To avoid the third descent since 2016, a complicated task remains. With the appearance against Gladbach but the hoped-in league is again tangible. The relegation place is only a point removed. “We have seen that we can. This victory was extremely important,” said Kalajdzic. “We are closer to it now.”
Had the Swabia lost again on this 25th matchday, how would the mood have been? The fact that the relegation competitor FC Augsburg had brought three points on Friday night had increased pressure. When the Swabian descent candidate then lag 0: 2 against Gladbach, it seemed to run out to the next setback.
But then the Stuttgart showed great morality and triggered what VFB coach Pellegrino Matarazzo has been promising for weeks: they did not give up, even after nine oscillant games. “The boys have shown that we can deal with the pressure,” said Matarazzo, who has never been to the disposition despite the crisis. “That can do something with a team when turning around such a game”.
Gladbach very weak
However, the frightening lustless Gladbacher also helped with that it was enough for the first victory of the VFB since the 2-0 in Wolfsburg on 11 December. “They showed us,” Borussia’s goalkeeper Yann Summer scolded over the second half.
Except for the gates of Alassane Pléa (14th) and Marcus Thuram (35th) came from Tables 13. From trainer Adi Hütter way too little. The susceptible defensive allowed the fast connection of Wataru Endo (38.), the compensation of Chris Führich (51.) and the VFB winner of Kalajdzic (83.).
Kalajdzic was fit for 90 minutes. With his personal symptom he stands symbolic for the VFB season. “Sasa knows that he is our striker who will shoot us to classifying us,” Matarazzo had already been told when his goalkeeper had not had the puffs for a starting element after the heavy shoulder injury and the recently suffered calf blessor.
A descent would make his whereabouts even less in Stuttgart. “I do not want to descend. The rest is on me to me in good Austrian,” said Kalajdzic and acknowledged: “In the previous season we had somehow afraid to win.”
Now the VFB can overtake the relegation competitor Hertha BSC on the relegation platz and theoretically even with Tables-15. Arminia Bielefeld alike. “That was a game, it’s good, it’s time,” Matarazzo said.