Matchday 7: The winless streak continues: Mislintat needs to focus on results – Football

Frankfurt’s Sebastian Rode (r) secures a 1-0 lead with a header. Photo: Marijan Murat/dpa

After a stormy week away from the pitch, VfB Stuttgart were denied a sporting response. Three goals conceded against Eintracht Frankfurt leads to 1:3.

Stuttgart – Eintracht Frankfurt sporting director Markus Krösche left the VfB Stuttgart arena with a birthday cake and three points in his luggage. The hosts, on the other hand, were again left without something to count after Saturday’s 1:3 (0:1).

Dropping to 16th in the table, an ongoing winning streak and three goals conceded from set pieces ensure VfB are fresh from an eventful week ahead of the upcoming international break. It was the seventh game without three for VfB, who had never had to wait so long for an early season win in their club history.

According to the standards, VfB conceded three goals

“Of course it gives us a stupid feeling and puts us under pressure,” said sporting director Sven Mislintat. The team planner was focused before the game. Responsible for this were the personnel decisions of CEO Alexander Wehrle, who on Monday introduced his new advisors, two former world champions Sami Khedira and Philipp Lahm. Former VfB captain Christian Gentner will also expand his sporting skills as head of the licensed players department from January.

Instead, Mislintat’s own future is still open. He was also not talked about combining the three former VfB professionals. In the meantime, the communication I didn’t agree with has been cleared up, said the 49-year-old, whose contract runs until the summer of 2023. “It would be good for VfB Stuttgart if we focus on football and results,” he said.

He doesn’t think the players were bothered by the uneasiness of the environment against Eintracht, who have made it back into the European Championship places. Mislintat also denies that VfB is threatened by a difficult international break. Instead, he predicts “good and busy” days ahead.

The Stuttgart team could start by, among other things, defending standard situations. The Champions League participant took an early lead through Sebastian Rode (15′) as Florian Müller could only save Daichi Kamada’s free-kick.

After the break, Konstantinos Mavropanos was initially lucky after a hard challenge on Ansgar Knauff as he only saw a yellow card. He and the hosts were still punished. Kamada converted the next free kick (55th). This time Waldemar Anton deviated beforehand.

Frankfurt Krösche completely satisfied

VfB objected. But he missed the few opportunities that presented themselves. And even though the Hessians were still playing in the premier class on Tuesday and won 1-0 at Olympique Marseille, they didn’t give up. “I was tired in the first half,” said Kamada. “But after my goal I felt fresh again.”

Most of the 47,500 crowd felt hope after Tiago Tomás’ goal, but Kristijan Jakic restored the lead after Kamada’s corner kick. “Three goals against a goal is annoying,” said VfB coach Matarazzo.

However, his counterpart Oliver Glasner was happy. Standard situations arose because Eintracht’s professionals again got the necessary energy to move and went deeper. After Eintracht’s first ever Champions League win, the Hessians followed suit in Stuttgart. “From a sporting point of view, I can’t think of anything nicer for my birthday,” said Krösche, who was also serenaded by the staff as he said goodbye to the parking garage.

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