With a third of the 2015/16 season done and dusted, bundesliga.com is checking in with all 18 clubs to see where they are at after 12 matches.
For 16th-in-the-table VfB Stuttgart, relegation remains a major concern...
The story so far
Determined to draw a line under last season's final day escape act, Stuttgart turned to the attack-minded philosophy of Alexander Zorniger. The results have been mixed, with Die Schwaben beginning the campaign with five successive defeats, before finally picking up a win at Hannover 96 on Matchday 6. A further seven points have since lifted the three-time Bundesliga champions out of the automatic relegation places, but the defensive concerns remain: 27 goals against is an alarming league high.
- Only Borussia Mönchengladbach (11) have had more different goalscorers than Stuttgart (nine) this season.
- Stuttgart are second only to FC Bayern München when it comes to shots on goal (199; 236).
- In terms of creating clear-cut chances, Stuttgart occupy third place with 23.
Despite being in and out of the bottom three all season, Stuttgart will be delighted to see an injury-free Daniel Didavi strutting his stuff on a regular basis at the Mercedes-Benz Arena. In 12 Bundesliga appearances in 2015/16, the 25-year-old playmaker has had a direct say in as many goals (four goals and three assists) as in his 29 previous outings in a Stuttgart shirt combined. As well as being the club's top scorer and provider this term, he has been involved in 73 of his side's 194 efforts on goal. Only FC Bayern's Douglas Costa ranks higher.
Most memorable quote
"Timo Werner wasn't able to put it away. He was covered in kisses after the game anyway, so that took the focus off his miss."
Alexander Zorniger after Werner squandered the chance for a winner in the 2-2 draw with TSG 1899 Hoffenheim on Matchday 8.
With Mitchell Langerak and Robbie Kurse injured, Emiliano Insua and Toni Sunjic making up two cogs in the league's leakiest backline and Przemyslaw Tyton conceding multiple penalties, 2015/16 hasn't been good to Stuttgart's summer signings.Timo Werner might not be a new recruit by definition on account of being at the club since 2002, but the 19-year-old has made exactly the kind of impact you tend to only see from freshly minted recruits. Despite only being used as a substitute for the first three games of the season, the Stuttgart academy graduate has been named in the starting line-up ever since. He has registered three assists in his last seven matches whilst scoring in much-needed wins over Hannover and SV Darmstadt 98.
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