Chadrac Akolo grapples with loss of form.

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Congolese international Chadrac Akolo has seen better days in Stuttgart. Presently, Akolo is confronted with unused chances with the Swabians if he makes it to the starting eleven.

During the reign of ex-coach Tayfun Korkut, Akolo started twice from the beginning in the current Bundesliga season but could not stamp his authority on the pitch. Continue Reading “Chadrac Akolo grapples with loss of form.”

Alexander Zorniger sacked with immediate effect!

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The management of VFB Stuttgart have resolved to terminate the contract with chief coach,Alexander Zorniger, with immediate effect.

In a statement issued by Stuttgart’s president,Bernd Wahler, “the way and manner the team lost on Saturday gave us concern.We analyzed the effects on the team and the coaching crew.We came to the decision this morning.”

The coach of the U-23,Jürgen Kramny,takes over as interim coach until further notice.

Helpless Zorniger lose against stark Augsburg.

ZornigerPhoto Marijan Murat

It is no longer news that FC Augsburg came to Stuttgart to beat VFB Stuttgart 4-0.Rather the way and manner that Stuttgart lost speak volumes about the tactics of Alexander Zorniger,the coach of Stuttgart.FC Augsburg dominated play from the start of the match to the end.

VFB Stuttgart players did not show will and drive to turn the fortunes around. The defense was lacking in structure,midfield made numerous faulty passes and the attack did not bite yesterday at the Daimler stadium.Florian Klein of Stuttgart said,”i have the feeling for the first time this season that we have failed.”These are no ordinary words to describe the performance of the team.Even Zorniger, in his reaction to the desaster,”we need a few days to work on the loss.”

Fact is, Stuttgart is in the relegation zone and Zorniger has to do maybe the ‘impossible’ task of turning the fortunes around.His job is not in danger but for how long ? The sports director,Robin Dutt,is still in favor of keeping Zorniger and analysing the games they have played so far.

The stats in defense reveal a desolate department conceeding 31 goals in 13 games.It is one of the worst in the Bundesliga this season.

Stuttgart fans reacted in a sarcastic manner in the stadium and at the end of the match, they did not fail to vent their frustration on the players.

Zorniger has a lot of work to do. However, time might be runnig out on him.

It is crunch time in Bundesliga.

Who will be the Bundesliga champions this season ? It is a question followers of German football league have been asking. The top contenders for the title are Schalke 04 and FC Bayern Munich. Both teams are tied with 64 points. Bayern is presently in pole position because of superior goals difference.

Schalke manager, Felix Magath is confident,“Bayern will not win the remaining two matches.” Uli Hoeness,FC Bayern Munich president countered, “ they are trailing behind us and only hope that we stumble.”

As usual the Bundesliga is exciting because anything can happen. It is crunch time.

The remaining two matches for Bayern are against VFL Bochum and Hertha BSC. Bochum and Hertha are battling against relegation. They are not willing to go down without a fight. Time will tell if both matches would be easy as Arjen Robben, opined that Bayern needs to win both matches and they are champions.

Schalke will face Werder Bremen and 1.FSV Mainz 05. Bremen will try to defend their present third place when they play in Gelsenkirchen. Mainz 05, definitely aim to round up a good season under manager,Thomas Tuchel, at home against Schalke.

Bayer Leverkusen, Borussia Dortmund and VFB Stuttgart have their eyes set for Europe league.

On another note, Hamburg, sacked Bruno Labbadia yesterday. Hamburg lost woefully against Hoffenheim 1-5 last weekend. It was clear after the match that Labbadia had to go. Dieter Matz, a Hamburg expert, believes the players do not have an alibi anymore. Labbadia is gone but the problems remain the same.

Hamburg is a team without consistency in leadership both on and off the field. May be they should take a cue from next door neighbor St.Pauli. Holger Stanislawski, the manager of St. Pauli is a symbol of stability. St.Pauli look poised to play in the Bundesliga next season.

It is a given that Kaiserslautern are back in the Bundesliga. The other teams have to wait for at least one more match to know their fate.

Christian Gross on a mission to rescue VFB Stuttgart.

It was not so long ago that VFB Stuttgart hit rock bottom under Markus Babbel. It did not take long for the fans to scream, “Babbel raus”(Babbel must go). The club management out of frustration and desperation hired Christian Gross to stem the tide of woeful football.

Stuttgart seem to have found its bearings again with Christian Gross in charge. The team defeated Dortmund 4-1 last weekend. It was the fourth win in succesion for Gross. Stuttgart, have not lost a game in five matches under Gross. The team has won 13 points in five matches with Gross as compared to 12 points in fifteen games under Babbel.

It is no mean feet to change the fighting spirit of the players within a short time. The new found cohension and astute style of play from defense to attack can be attributed to Gross. Serdar Tasc, the central defender, put it this way, “the coach shows us our strength. It helps a lot.”

The players do not play with so much insecurity anymore. The rotation principle practised by Babbel has been eradicated. The attacking duo of Pavel Pogrebnjak and Ciprian Marica are one of the most dangerous in the league. Sami Khedira and Christian Träsch are no pushovers in midfield.

Gross, does not mince words with his vision and football philosophy. The coach with the Kojak look, told former captain,Thomas Hitzlsperger, that he has no place in the team. Hitzlsperger, has left Stuttgart for Lazio Rome. Older players like Yildiray Bastürk moved to Blackburn, while Jan Simak, has relocated to Mainz.

Surprisingly, Babbel, has broken his silence on why the team did not function during his reign. In an interview with Bild, he blamed the German football association(DFB) for his predicament. The DFB under the leadership of Mathias Sammer,in the department of coaching, made it compulsory for all Bundesliga coaches to have a coaching license without exception. Babbel, started coaching Stuttgart without a coaching license. He was forced to shuttle between Stuttgart and the sport institutue in Cologne for coaching classes. The double stress according to him, “it was highly stressful when you begin classes from 8 am in the morning till 8 pm in the evening.” He became burnt out and could not cope with trivial issues in Stuttgart that were very important.

Gross, is not swayed by the present euphoria sorrounding the team. He thinks the team can do better. He is also a realist. His mission is to rescue Stuttgart from obscurity. He is doing it with style.