VfB Stuttgart wants to focus entirely on itself in the relegation battle of the Bundesliga and will therefore not show the results of the competition on the scoreboard in the stadium during the last matchday.
You want to “have it in your own hands” and no longer “look left or right,” said coach Sebastian Hoeneß before the game against TSG 1899 Hoffenheim on Saturday (3:30 p.m. / Sky).
VfB goes as table 15. in the state duel with the Kraichgauers. If he won, he would definitely stay in the league. Otherwise he would have to hope for blunders from pursuers VfL Bochum (against Leverkusen) and FC Schalke 04 (in Leipzig).
We always have the opportunity to react to such situations.
Sebastian Hoenesscoach of VfB Stuttgart
“We don’t want any outside influences,” explained Hoeneß. Of course it could be that a murmur goes through the stadium. And of course you are informed on the bench about the intermediate results of the other games. “We always have the opportunity to react to such situations,” said the 41-year-old. But the people of Stuttgart don’t want to let that happen.
As in the previous season, the Swabians are hoping for a happy ending after a more than turbulent season with three changes of coach. What is piquant about the game against Hoffenheim is that Stuttgart will meet Pellegrino Matarazzo, the coach with whom they started the season and with whom they were able to avert relegation on the final day of the past season.
Back then, midfielder captain Wataru Endo scored the much-celebrated goal in added time. The people of Stuttgart don’t want to make it quite as exciting this time.