Dortmund (dpa) – Jürgen Klopp did not report directly. In the morning after what was probably the best moment since VfB Stuttgart got up again, sports director Sven Mislintat had in any case not received any congratulations from his former Dortmund colleague.
While news of a replacement for BVB coach Lucien Favre circulated, the 48-year-old didn’t want to be too outrageous with benefactors and too much euphoria. Although the 5-1 coup at Borussia Dortmund put VfB in a good mood, Mislintat quickly turned his gaze on Tuesday to the next task against Union Berlin – and remained modest.
“When you play a game like that, you can wake up with a smile. It also gives you confidence,” said Mislintat – and at the same time made it clear as a warning: “It’s not about Europe for us, it’s about Union Berlin. . ” The climber’s goal remains relegation in the Bundesliga, the former BVB chief scout reiterated unequivocally.
However, Stuttgart seems well on its way to becoming a new attraction in the competition. There is not much left of the sometimes tough performances of last season, relegation concerns are currently not an issue for the young team of trainer Pellegrino Matarazzo in seventh position. But CEO Thomas Hitzlsperger also showed a down-to-earth attitude and also recalled bitter moments from the past second-class season on Sunday.
Just minutes after the final whistle, the 38-year-old was still unusually euphoric. “I can throw up confetti, I am so happy with what I saw,” said the CEO via Twitter. Matarazzo was also proud that the underdog was teaching the high favorite of the neighborhood a lesson in his favorite discipline of tempo football. “We worked brutally as a unit and played with dominance and conviction”, the VfB coach responded enthusiastically.
With a lot of playfulness, the fastest speed and an impressive game, the Swabians accounted for BVB’s biggest home loss since September 2009. Matarazzo was unbeaten in his first six Bundesliga-away games. Only six other football players managed to do that for him, including Joachim Löw in the 1996/97 season at Stuttgart.