Labbadia keeping cool after win
Stuttgart coach Bruno Labbadia admits there is still a lot of work to be done despite celebrating a successful first game in charge last night.
The Swabians defeated Odense 5-1 at the Mercedes-Benz Arena to make it five wins out of six in the UEFA Europa League, but Labbadia recognised that the team he has inherited is still looking nervous and short of confidence.
"We showed a few good signs that we want to build on, but I also saw things which we are going to have to work a lot on," said Labbadia, who is Stuttgart's third coach of the season after Christian Gross and Jens Keller.
"The team still does not have a great deal of self confidence, but considering the situation that is normal. The important thing is that the team has gained a bit more self-confidence in view of Sunday."
Stuttgart host Bayern Munich at the weekend and Labbadia is fully focused on making an equally successful Bundesliga bow as boss.
"The Bundesliga is our top priority," he said. "It has nothing to do with any future perspectives or my contract, it is purely about avoiding relegation. That is all that matters now."
Stuttgart have won only three league matches all season, two of which followed their last two home fixtures in the Europa League and Labbadia will certainly hope that is a good omen for Sunday's match.