KENYA BROWN - Sunday, September 27, 2020
Pellegrino Matarazzo and VfB Stuttgart got their Bundesliga campaign off the ground on Saturday with a win over Mainz.
After a narrow 3-2 defeat to Freiburg in their Bundesliga opener last weekend, the Italian-American coach made a few changes to his line-up, leading to an impressive win in the end.
Although Stuttgart would find themselves behind early in the game when Mainz's Robin Quaison scored, they went on surge later on led by Silla Wamangituka equalizer before the halftime whistle. Daniel Didavi, Mateo Klimowicz, and Sasa Kalajdzic followed with goals of their own in the second half to give Die Schwaben a comfortable 4-1 victory.
This was a great way to respond after falling in their first game and Matarazzo was very pleased with how his players performed.
"We saw a good performance from the team today. We started off well, got to grips with the opposition and pressed very high. At the end of the day, it was a well-deserved win. I'm happy for the team - this win announces our arrival to the rest of the league," said the New Jersey-born coach after the game.
After being appointed as Stuttgart head coach in December 2019, Matarazzo has been on an upward trajectory as he led the team to promotion back to the top flight.
He may not be a household name to many back in the United States who follow the coaching exploits of RB Leipzig's Jesse Marsch and Schalke's David Wagner, but he will certainly grab people's attention if he continues to guide his team to victories and maintain their Bundesliga status.