VfB Stuttgart faces Red Bull Leipzig
After a poor game in Duesseldorf, where VfB Stuttgart lost with Fortuna 0:3, it’s time for the team from Stuttgart to show its better face. On Saturday, February 16, VfB will face RB Leipzig on its Mercedes Arena stadium. Upcoming months will be a hard time for VfB Stuttgart. The team led by coach Markus Weinzierl has only 15 points and currently holds 16 place out of 18 teams. If the season ends today, VfB would be relegated to the lower league. On the other hand, this team has many talented and experienced players in its squad. Of course, in football we’ve seen many examples of that even stronger teams could fall but when you have time, you must use it to avoid the worst scenario. For VfB Stuttgart, the time is still running away and the team still has to stand tall. Of course, it’s never easy to deal with such a high pressure. But VfB’ players have no choice: they must do their best to improve their situation in the league. FC Augsburg, the team from 15th place, currently has 18 points: 3 more than VfB Stuttgart. And Schalke 04 Gelsenkirchen has 22 points and is on 14th place. As you can see, the gap between VfB and teams from safe place in the table is growing. Now it’s the best moment to launch faster pace and to improve. On Saturday, February 16, VfB Stuttgart will host the game against RB Leipzig. This is definitely not a team with which you would like to play when you're in deep crisis. RB Leipzing has 38 points and currently holds 4th place in the table, and also trails by only 4 points to Borussia Moenchengladbach which is on 3rd place. Only Borussia Dortmund and reigning German champion Bayern Muenchen performs better this season, what means that RB Leipzig can be named as 4th power of the league. It's led by experienced coach Ralf Ragnick on the bench, and on the pitch has a few stars like Timo Werner, Bruma, Jean-Kevin Augustin, Willi Orban, Ibrahima Konate, Emil Forsberg or Yussuf Poulsen. Such an opponent can use every mistake to build advantage and score the goal. That's why VfB players will have to be very cautious, and also try to take the initiative on the pitch. - Leipzig are a very dynamic, very well organised team and they have lots of individual quality," said Weinzierl. "It's up to us to keep them as far away from our goal as possible - explains Markus Weinzierl, the coach of VfB Stuttgart, quoted on the club's official website. In VfB, Mario Gomez will returd for Saturday's game after a break forced by the red card by which he was punished 2 games ago. On the other hand, Nicolas Gonzalez will be absent - he was fined for 3 games after being ejected in the added time in the clash with Fortuna Duesselorf.