Source: Football Impact
After two days of intensive training at its Football Impact training camp in Marbella, a first test under competitive conditions was on the agenda for VfB Stuttgart on Monday afternoon. The German second division club with their new trainer Pellegrino Matarazzo competed on the training pitches of La Quinta against FC Basel, who have been in Marbella since January 6th.
After a first half with few chances to score on both sides, the red team started well in the second half of the match. After a nice pass from Philipp Förster, Nicolas Gonzalez scored from the left half with a shot into the top corner of the goal that gave the Stuttgart boys the lead. Just two minutes later, Orel Mangala started another successful attack from the right side. Roberto Massimo finally provided a pass for Hamadi Al Ghaddioui, who only had to push the ball over the line from close range. In the 69th minute, Fabian Bredlow made a good save after Valentin Stocker had taken advantage of an error by the VfB defence to shoot into the goal.
While the Swiss will return home next Thursday, VfB Stuttgart will stay in Marbella until January 19th and play another friendly game in La Quinta the day before its return.