On Wednesday afternoon, the Cannstatt Boys played the first test friendly of their winter preparations. The clash between coach Hannes Wolf’s men and 1. FC Köln ended 0-0. For organisational reasons, the game at Cologne’s Franz-Kremer-Stadion was played behind closed doors.
First-half captain: Timo Baumgartl
In the first-half, the hosts posed a threat particularly through striker Artjoms Rudnevs. The Latvian was twice denied by VfB keeper Mitch Langerak (14’, 35‘), whilst also firing over the crossbar from close range (31’). In the second period, the Cannstatt Boys carved out a number of chances, but were unable to make any of them count and the game thus ended in a 0-0 draw.
"We played a decent first half against the first choice eleven from a Bundesliga team. In the second-half, we had the better of the play. On the whole, it was a good test for this stage of our preparations. All the lads are fit and healthy, that’s the important thing. We got to see every player for 45 minutes. After the match we then did some running in order to improve our physical condition," commented VfB coach Hannes Wolf after the test friendly.
The VfB lin-up:
Mitch Langerak – Timo Baumgartl (C),Hajime Hosogai, Anto Grgic, Alexandru Maxim, Florian Klein, Tobias Werner, Kevin Großkreutz, Berkay Özcan, Daniel Ginczek, Marcin Kaminski
Benjamin Uphoff – Emiliano Insua, Toni Sunjic, Jean Zimmer, Simon Terodde, Takuma Asano, Christian Gentner (C), Benjamin Pavard, Matthias Zimmermann, Joel Sonora, Dijon Ramaj