On the fourth day of the training camp in Kitzbühel, VfB Stuttgart played two 30-minute test matches. At the mini-tournament in Saalfelden, VfB head coach Pellegrino Matarazzo’s team first met Liverpool FC.
After two minutes, Fabian Bredlow proved that VfB didn’t have to worry about the goalkeeper position and made a strong parry against Salah, who had gone through freely. On the other side, VfB combined via Borna Sosa, Daniel Didavi and Philipp Förster in the Liverpool penalty area, where Sasa Kalajdzic put the hoe on Philipp Förster. And the cool pushed in for the tour after five minutes. VfB earned this 1-0 with a convincing performance and put the Reds under pressure early on.
But after 20 minutes Liverpool equalized. Mané pushed a Milner cross into the goal from a suspiciously offside position. Then the game increased in intensity again. The teams fought vicious duels. VfB had the best chance of victory through Daniel Didavi, whose shot from the edge of the penalty area hissed just past the goal. So it stayed at 1: 1.
Second test with many chances
Then it went with a completely changed formation against Wacker Innsbruck, trained by Daniel Bierofka. Among other things, newcomer Chris Führich made his debut against the Austrian second division club. VfB was immediately involved. In the third minute, Pascal Stenzel turned a free kick from half left on the near corner – and surprised Innsbruck keeper Eckmayr, who only got hold of the ball behind the line. Even after that, the Matarazzo team was clearly superior, but missed it despite good opportunities to score more goals. The 1: 0 was enough to win the blitz tournament because Liverpool and Innsbruck had separated 1: 1.
Pellegrino Matarazzo said:
“Against Liverpool we had a lot of energy on the pitch, we played purposefully towards the goal, but we also allowed one or two attacks too much. In the second game against Innsbruck we started well, had a good grip, but didn’t recognize a few moments of pressing. Overall, I am satisfied with the two games after three days of intensive training. “
List of VfB-FC Liverpool:
Bredlow, Anton (C), Kempf, Mavropanos, Kalajdzic (21. Sankoh), Didavi, Karazor, Förster, Klement, Sosa, Massimo
List of VfB-Wacker Innsbruck:
Bredlow, Mola (8th Meyer), Thommy, Stenzel (C), Al Ghaddioui, Churlinov, Führich, Nartey, Klimowicz, Mack, Ito