Per Nilsson (r.) praised Nürnberg's defending against Vedad Ibisevic's Stuttgart
Per Nilsson (r.) praised Nürnberg's defending against Vedad Ibisevic's Stuttgart

Nilsson: 'We did better'

Stuttgart - Swedish defender Per Nilsson noticed a significant improvement in 1. FC Nürnberg's performance in the Franconians' first game under new coach Gertjan Verbeek, while VfB Stuttgart goalkeeper Sven Ulreich was left to rue what might have been after being held to a 1-1 draw at the Mercedes-Benz-Arena.

VfB Stuttgart rounds up some of the players' post-match reactions to Matchday 10's opening game...

Sven Ulreich: I'm glad to be back. We weren't clinical enough in front of goal in the second half when we had a couple of chances from set-pieces but, unfortunately, our efforts didn't pay off. It's extremely difficult to face a side with a new head coach at the helm, but we wanted to win as it's high time we manage to rack up more victories. The draws don't get us anywhere in the table.

Daniel Schwaab: We were a bit unorganised in the second half when our passing became less precise. We should've scored again from at least one of the set piece situations, but then Ule [Sven Ulreich] saved well on a couple of occasions. We can't complain about the result, despite being held to a draw.

1. FC Nürnberg

Per Nilsson: We need to work hard to get back to winning ways, which isn't at all easy. The Bundesliga is one of the world's top divisions. Our one and only aim this season is to stay there. I believe we did better in terms of pressing than we have done in recent weeks, we marked the players very closely. I believe we did well considering this was our first outing under a new coach, but we really have to pick up three points next week.

Raphael Schäfer: I would of course have preferred the three points and it's about time we won, but Stuttgart played well and a draw seems a fair result. We pressed higher up the pitch, our approach wasn't as careful as it had been lately. We want the first win and to achieve that we have attack. The coach is a strict disciplinarian and a calm character.

1. FC Nürnberg could have done with a moment of magic such as this, which can be witnessed on the official Bundesliga YouTube channel: