Sonntag, 19. September 2021

One team

Sure, the first English week of this season could have gone better, but still, despite the defeat last week against Dortmund, we can be satisfied after the two victories against Budapest and today in Stuttgart. Dortmund is in a class of its own, we have to accept that, and Budapest was the necessary win against perhaps the weakest team in our Europa League group. But a look at the past shows that we've also blown it here and there. But today in Stuttgart was a victory for the whole team, when you see how everyone was there for each other defensively and offensively after the - justified - red card against Robert Andrich. And it's interesting to see what a new coach has done with Tah and Demirbay, who are now an integral part of the team.

All in all, a successful start to the season and don't let up. Before the next international break, we have to play Mainz at home and Celtic Glasow. But with our recent performances, we don't have to be afraid here and can continue to build up self-confidence for more.

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