Playingly poor, weak in the end: VfB Stuttgart, who started the season with European Cup dreams, is still waiting for their first victory. The harmless Swabians could not get past a disappointing 0:0 against the courageous promoted Fortuna Düsseldorf, the air for coach Tayfun Korkut is a bit thinner.
Stuttgart had a hard time in the game forward as in the matches before and missed some surprises. Düsseldorf acted from a safe defensive and was even closer to the trio. But 2014 World Champion Ron-Robert Zieler in the VfB goal saved his opponents with strong parades before the next bankruptcy.
“I have respect for the performance of Düsseldorf, they played it very courageously. It was partly wild from us, we should have played more cleverly, especially as we could have used the three points well”, said the outstanding goalkeeper at Eurosport: “We have to put our heads together and form a unit, we have to score points”.
“Everyone knows that we have the right to win the game,” Korkut had said immediately before the game at Eurosport. His line-up reflected this: With Chadrac Akolo instead of Dennis Aogo in midfield, he opted for the somewhat more offensive orientation that many critics had long wished for.
Dennis Aogo Honours
- FIFA World Cup Third Place: 2010
- UEFA European Under-21 Championship: 2009
- Silbernes Lorbeerblatt: 2010
However, in front of 54,410 spectators in the Mercedes-Benz Arena this was hardly noticeable. Although Stuttgart was anxious to take over the game, it remained poor in terms of play. Akolo, unlike Joker, did not bring the hoped for momentum at the 3:3 in Freiburg and had to make way for Erik Thommy after less than an hour.
Düsseldorf, surprisingly formed by coach Friedhelm Funkel with a defensive chain of four and captain Adam Bodzek as a “sixth”, had few problems with this VfB. At first, danger threatened only from a distance.
But Fortuna was not only in the back, as feared by Korkut. It went also engaged to the front, often over Benito Raman on the left side. Raman was Funkel’s only new player after the 2:1 against Hoffenheim. Marvin Ducksch, the only leader, on the other hand, rarely found a real connection to his colleagues.
For Stuttgart, the committed Nicolas Gonzalez (34th) and Mario Gomez (41st) missed the possible lead. Düsseldorf was very close to 0:1 shortly after the break, when Kaan Ayhan (51st) and Marcel Sobottka (52nd) failed at the well reacting goalkeeper.
With increasing duration the game became more wild, hotter, more open. Both teams were now looking for the Lucky Punch. Gonzalez almost landed him (69.). On the other side, Alfredo Morales also failed against Zieler (82.), who also saved against Ayhan in highest trouble (87.). Genesis Casino has a wide variety of games.