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Professionals, 20. September 2023

“Maintain the intensity of the last few weeks”

Maximilian Mittelstädt spoke to VfB-TV following his first assist for the club, as training got under way this week ahead of his first home game under the floodlights.

Maximilian Mittelstädt played his part in VfB’s third Bundesliga win in their fourth game of the season on Saturday by teeing up Serhou Guirassy to make it 2-1 in Mainz. For the 26-year-old, who was sidelined with a ligament strain at the start of the campaign, it was his first direct goal contribution in VfB colours.

“It’s good to have someone like Serhou up front, as it seems like right now he doesn’t care how the ball comes to him, he’ll manage to score somehow,” said the Berlin native. “But the rest of the boys deserve credit too. The atmosphere in the team is really good overall. But we can’t ease off and we need to maintain the intensity of the last few weeks. At the weekend Darmstadt showed the qualities they have.”

Still, the confidence the boys from Cannstatt have earned in recent weeks should stand them in good stead ahead of Friday’s home fixture against Darmstadt (kick-off 20:30 CEST). “I always give 100 per cent when I’m on the pitch and I think that shows,” Mittelstädt said. “For me it’s the first home game under the floodlights, so I can’t wait for Friday.”