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.
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.