Stuttgart (dpa) – Sasa Kalajdzic himself had apparently not expected his double package and his rise to the VfB Stuttgart draw rescuer.
As a fan of a football manager game where you put together your own team, he left himself out of the picture. And he was 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 get 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 had not planned the base himself. While teammates such as Nicolas Gonzalez, Silas Wamangituka or Tanguy Coulibaly entranced the professional world, Kalajdzic was recently pushed into the background.
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. “Sasa” shouts from the VfB camp echoed from the orphaned gallery. “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 had he scored three goals – who knows? “
The suspected storm problems that were astonished at the beginning of the season have certainly not materialized. “If one person is having a bad day, the next comes and hits those things,” 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.