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 Posted by ESPN Staff
Nov, 16, 2008

Stuttgart coach writes off hopes of Europe

Stuttgart coach Armin Veh has lost all hope of qualifying for Europe next season and admitted his side have been playing badly all season.

A 0-0 draw at home to Arminia Bielefeld yesterday was the latest in a long line of disappointments. And it pushed a section of the Stuttgart fans over the edge as they started to call for Veh's head.

"This is simply too much," admitted Veh afterwards. "We have never been really good all season and this performance gives us absolutely no grounds to look up the table."

Veh was visibly angry with his players, who he claims are not performing to the best of their ability.

"I cannot explain it. We train really well, but then none of the lads bring any of that across into the games," he said. "We have some established internationals here, but they are just failing."

Germany striker Mario Gomez stood out for all the wrong reasons by wasting two excellent chances and Veh did not spare him from particular criticism.

He said: "He ran too little, was not aggressive enough and did not blend into the play."

Meanwhile, Bielefeld coach Michael Frontzeck had only praise for his side, who defied their league position with another resolute display.

"This was the best away performance from my team all season," he said. "We let VfB have relatively little chance and we played some good football at times, even missing three glorious opportunities.

"We could have got more out of this game. Overall, it was a good away game for us and we were rewarded with the point."

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