He was there when VfB Stuttgart made it 4-1: Thommy on the Bayern miracle

VfB need a little miracle if they want to grab Bayern on Sunday (5:30 p.m.). But there are two people from Stuttgart who know how to do it.

Erik Thommy (27) and Orel Mangala (24) were there for VfB’s last win in Munich. What! It wasn’t a win, it was a shooting match. On the last matchday of the 2017/18 season, VfB beat the German champions 4-1, who then, like the day after tomorrow, were presented with the championship trophy after the final whistle.

Thommy remembers, telling BILD: “They played with the best possible team back then. Mario Gomez dropped out at short notice because he was there when his child was born. Although we had scored well in previous games, we were obviously the underdogs. As a team, we defended very compactly and were able to put needle pricks forward again and again, especially through Tassos Donis. For us, the 4:1 was the end of a very good season.”

Bayern had 80 percent ball possession, 10:0 corners, made 748:189 passes – but in the last game under Jupp Heynckes the record champions were countered ice cold. Daniel Ginczek (2), Donis and Akolo scored for VfB. Both Thommy and Mangala were on the pitch for 90 minutes.

On the bus ride home to Stuttgart, the then VfB coach Tayfun Korkut wisely criticized: “This big victory is the worst thing that could have happened to us.” He feared that this runaway victory would raise expectations for the following season to an unhealthy level and that his warnings of a difficult season would go unheeded. He was right. And VfB was relegated the following season.


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