Stuttgart (AP) – Sasa Kalajdzic himself apparently did not expect his doubles and his rise to the draw savior of VfB Stuttgart.
As a fan of a football manager game where you put together your own team, he left himself out of consideration. And he was also annoyed when after the turbulent closing minutes he checked his app on his mobile and his goals to 2: 2 after 0: 2 against 1. FC Union Berlin. “I watched Kickbase and I idiot didn’t line up. That was really stupid,” Kalajdzic said on Sky.
His furious performance brought VfB the 18th point this season. The striker did not collect points for his hobby. It is understandable that the Austrian did not plan the starting line-up himself. While teammates like Nicolas Gonzalez, Silas Wamangituka or Tanguy Coulibaly delighted the professional world, Kalajdzic had recently moved into the background a bit.
When coach Pellegrino Matarazzo replaced the 2.00-meter man against Union in the 80th minute, Taiwo Awoniyi (77th) had just made it 2-0, who got further behind Marvin Friedrich (4th). This was followed by Kalajdzic’s first Bundesliga double (85th / 90th). However, it was only after a quake that referee Sascha Stegemann initially did not equalize. “First he said handball,” said the goalscorer and growled, “It’s just boring this waiting, waiting, waiting.”
He was one of the last players to leave the stadium on Tuesday evening when “Sasa” screams from the VfB camp could be heard from the orphaned stands. “I think he has had to suffer a little in the last few games because he was not always used to it,” said coach Matarazzo and replied with a smile when asked if he shouldn’t have brought Kalajdzic sooner: “Maybe five minutes earlier, maybe he scored three goals – who knows? “
The alleged storm problems that were confused at the start of the season have certainly not materialized. “If one person is having a bad day, the next one comes and hits them,” Matarazzo said. “That’s very positive, especially since nobody thought we could do that at the start of the season.” There are 26 goals after twelve games. One more than in 2006/2007 when VfB became champion.