The tension is palpable: VfB coach Sebastian Hoeneß ahead of the relegation first leg against HSV. © Tom Weller/dpa
VfB Stuttgart have taught Hamburger SV a lesson in the first leg of the relegation play-off and are on the verge of relegation. The voices of the game.
Stuttgart – Where it says relegation, there is inevitably a lot at stake: Ironically, two absolute traditional clubs met in the Bundesliga relegation this year. A clear 3-0 win put VfB Stuttgart in a brilliant position for the second leg. For long stretches, the class difference could not be denied.
We have collected the quotes for the first leg of the Bundesliga relegation.
Sebastian Hoeneß (VfB Stuttgart coach) after the game about ...
... the victory: "It was a great performance. The guys presented themselves really well. We withstood the pressure. We played in fourth. But HSV has remained dangerous. Sometimes we played a bit too hectic. It's half-time and no game has ever been decided. We have to be very focused and play really well again."
... his striker Guirassy: "There are players you don't see in the game anymore. It goes on and on. He showed that impressively today."
Tim Walter (HSV coach) after the game about ...
... the bankruptcy: "I trust my team one hundred percent. We came out of the halves unfavorably. Nevertheless, they still have to go to the Volkspark."
Daniel Heuer-Fernandes (HSV) after the match on ...
... the disappointment: "Nobody mourns here. Today we have more plans. 3-0 is a tough result. We continue to believe in ourselves. We have to give it our all. Sunday had nothing to do with this. We knew what was coming. To a certain extent, it wasn't us today."
Chris Führich (VfB Stuttgart) after the match on ...
... the starting position after the victory: "We laid the foundation. We know that anything is possible in football. We played a great game today, but we're staying sharp."
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Jonas Boldt (sporting director HSV) after the game about ...
... the defeat: "Hard to put into words. Relatively little fit. You'll get the whole season in your face. With the first action, you'll be right behind. Basically, this contradicts my nature to give something away. But a game like that didn't make it any easier. From the very beginning, we will do everything we can to create the miracle. A miracle will be needed."
Sebastian Hoeneß (VfB Stuttgart coach) before the game about ...
... the game: "We're well prepared for HSV. We have grown mentally. Since I've been here, we've been under pressure. The guys now see this as an opportunity again."
... Fabian Bredlow's absence: "It hurts. Fabi is a great goalkeeper and a great guy. But we have a good goalkeeping team. Flo (Müller, editor's note) will be between the posts today."
... HSV: "Defensively, I think they're vulnerable. We have to take advantage of the one-on-one situations today."
... his relationship with Tim Walter: "In Die Zeit (at FC Bayern, editor's note) we had our topics. I haven't seen him since. In the catacombs, I shook hands with him as normal."
Tim Walter (coach HSV) before the game about ...
... the (so far) missed ascent: "It's quite normal for something like this to take you with you. Now we have it in our own hands. Now more than ever. Despite all the resistance, we are here again. We get up again and again. We have a strong character. My boys are incredibly resistant to stress. We come with 20 wins in our luggage. In previous years, 66 points have always been enough for promotion. We have a chance to move up."
... the reunion with VfB: "It's a great club. Of course, I'm happy to see old faces again."
Fabian Wohlgemuth (sporting director VfB Stuttgart) before the game about ...
... VfB's role as favourites: "We can't buy anything from that. That doesn't do us any good at all. We have to let actions speak for themselves on the field."
... his relationship with Tim Walter: "We have less in common than is interpreted from the outside."
... Guirassy's extension: "We have been in contact with his management for several months. Apparently our offer was so good that he accepted it. That's a strong signal."