Securing sixth spot
Following the 2-0 win over VfL Bochum, and Hamburger SV's 1-5 defeat by TSG Hoffenheim on Sunday, VfB now have their fate in their own hands with two match days to go in the campaign. Christian Gross' men are currently five points clear of seventh placed HSV, which means a win against FSV Mainz 05 would guarantee Europa League qualification for VfB. And team captain Matthieu Delpierre will not be satisfied with any less than a win in the final home game of the season: "We have won six games in succession. We intend to continue with that trend against Mainz and celebrate a successful end to the season with our home fans," said the birthday boy ahead of afternoon training.
"All clear against Mainz"
After a two day break from training, on Monday there was a ball oriented session on the programme. The plan is for VfB to perform just as convincingly against Mainz as they did in Bochum: "We hardly allowed Bochum to create any chances on our goal and we deserved the win. We were solid at the back and up front our strikers did a good job," said Delpierre, who made the target for the end of the season very clear: "We have our qualification for the Europa League in our own hands. We want to make things all clear against Mainz and then subsequently beat Hoffenheim too." In preparation for that, the Frenchman gave his all in training on his 29th birthday.