Nico Willig didn’t even need a week. He led a few training sessions, changed the tactics, but above all he had a lot of conversations and his words brought about something that hardly anyone had thought possible yet.
The interim trainer gave the VfB Stuttgart new hope through the 1:0-victory against Borussia Monkngladbach.” He’s still a young trainer. But for me he made an impression as if he had been working in the professional business for years,”said a visibly impressed VfB captain Andreas Beck.”I’m sorry. The speech, the sovereignty: So really respect.”
Beck has been an ex-national player and for over thirteen years professional footballer, Willig as a player has not even gone beyond the upper leagues. The former U19 coach of the Swabians had previously only been watching Bundesliga games in front of the television or from the Tribune.
Lately after the victory against Gladbach he is Stuttgart’s last hope for the reconciliation of a desolate season. Despite all the euphoria, the 38-year-old sees the situation realistically: “The step was from the ICU to the infirmary. No more and no less.”
VfB another six points away from the rescuing shore
In fact, the sporting situation of the swans remains serious. With the first second victory 2019, the VfB strengthened the field of distribution. Due to the Derbysieg of FC Schalke 04, however, the lag on Rank 15 is still six points. In the face of only three remaining games, the Schwabs are already recording the release.
That was the clear goal from the first day we shared with Willig, said VfB Sports Chairman Thomas Hitzlsperger. “This was the first day we shared with Willig.” We’re looking at this 16. This is what Willig, who had already talked about winning the “Relegation Cup” at his performance last Wednesday, wants to do.
How did Willig get the VfB back?
If his team does this again next Saturday at Hertha BSC, this goal should not be in danger. With a few pinches, Willig managed to revive the VfB after the 0:6-humiliation at FC Augsburg last weekend and then the permission of ex-coach Markus Weinzierl.
He turned the system into a 4-4-2 with wheels and the experienced Beck and Dennis Aogo in the center of the middle field. He used to get his players to push high, sometimes to defend low. Above all, however, he gave them back their confidence.” The mood was good, we were like a family,”said the goalkeeper Anastasios Donis.
Hitzlsperger with sidekick against winegrower
Among his predecessor winegrower there was nothing to feel at all recently. Beck said he would not say that wine cellars were played at the 0:6 in Augsburg. But since then, something has happened on the team. In the last few weeks we have also had the defence mode in place again and again, that is rather a destructive way of thinking,”said Manager Hitzlsperger.
For winegrowers these words certainly do not speak. But he’s not here anymore. The hopes of the VfB have long rested on Nico Willig, who only stays until the end of the season, and then returns to the U19. This is the clear agreement between the two sides. If Willig keeps this up, it might be hard to keep up.