Much of Saturday’s post-match talk Saturday focused on Pawel Olkowski’s disaster pass that dissolved 1. FC Köln’s 1:0 lead over visiting VfB Stuttgart.
But not all of it.
Stuttgart’s second goal en route to a 1:3 win came courtesy of the space afforded the diminutive Timo Werner directly in front of Timo Horn’s goal on a corner kick. The delivery dropped perfectly for the unmarked Werner to casually nod the game-winning goal past Horn early in the second half.
After the match, Dominique Heintz publicly questioned whether the team shouldn’t consider making changes to the way they defend set pieces.
“When you often give up such goals, we must, as defensive players, get together and say, ‘Okay, maybe everyone gets assigned their man and goes with him.’ Perhaps we should do that this week,” suggested the young central defender.
Peter Stöger may be open to discussing alterations to defensive strategies, but made it clear that it wasn’t something he wanted to hear through the media.
“If someone doesn’t like something, then he needs to come to me and not to the public,” says the coach. “I have not heard anyone knocking at our door. It would be nice if they came before calling for changes for the good”
“And with that, the matter is closed.”
It might be a bit before Heintz can get to the coach’s office to excuse himself for his indiscretion, as he is missing training due to illness. There is currently no timetable for his return.
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