Stuttgart coach Pellegrino Matarazzo said he was unable to describe the remarkable away from of his side after the 4-1 win at Augsburg on Sunday made them the joint-strongest team in the Bundesliga on the road.
Matarazzo’s men have a better record than Bayern Munich, alongside Bayer Leverkusen, who have also won five times and lost once this season, who remain top after losing 3-2 at Borussia Moenchengladbach on Friday.
“The only difference is that we stay in a hotel,” said the 43-year-old Italian American. “Perhaps we should consider an overnight stay before our home games too,” he quipped.
“The win does us well, to get back on the right path after two matches without a point.”
Raised in New York to Italian parents, before moving to Europe, Matarazzo received a degree in mathematics from Colombia University, eventually becoming Julian Nagelsmann’s assistant coach at Hoffenheim before taking charge of Stuttgart in 2019. After Augsburg’s West Ham loanee Reece Oxford fouled Mateo Klimowicz in the area, the visitors took the lead on Sunday through Argentine striker Nicolas Gonzalez’s early penalty.
After the Congolese winger Silas Wamangituka completed a counter-attack with his first goal since netting twice in the 5-1 victory at Dortmund, the visitors were 2-0 up at half-time.