The winter break was short, after ten days off, Pellegrino Matarazzo (44) will send his team back to the field at 3 p.m. today.
VfB is starting to prepare for a tough second half of the season. And the coach in his third year at VfB!
Review, December 30, 2019: No-Name Matarazzo takes the ejection seat on the VfB bench – and despite the crisis, is still firmly in the saddle. After 731 days in office, his balance sheet as the successor to the dismissed Tim Walter (46 / today HSV) is quite impressive.
Despite constant pressure, Matarazzo rose to the Bundesliga with VfB. A success to which there was no alternative given the financial difficulties of the club (BILD reported). Arrived in the House of Lords, Matarazzo stabilized VfB and led the youngest team in the league with remarkable speed football to confidently stay in the league.
But this season, more than ever, Matarazzo has to prove its ability to cope with a crisis, because numerous corona cases and injuries make the coach’s work difficult. Result: VfB is in 16th place, relegation threatens again. In order to avoid falling into the 2nd division, VfB must improve the goal rate of its offensive players and the stability of its defense.
Did sports director Sven Mislintat (49) suspect that VfB would have problems in the second Bundesliga year? After all, he said before this season: “Even if we are relegated, Rino will remain our coach.”
Warm words that prove: While the VfB management team has not always agreed in the last few months, a trio shows mutual trust: Mislintat, Matarazzo and CEO Thomas Hitzlsperger (39), who will leave the club at his own request.
Matarazzo is not planning that, he would like to remain VfB coach for a long time. If he succeeds again in relegation, his chances of more years in Stuttgart increase.