Gross happy with Stuttgart start

Gross sees room for improvement

December 10, 2009

Stuttgart coach Christian Gross refused to get carried away with his excellent debut in charge of the Bundesliga club.

Christian Gross
GettyImagesChristian Gross was unveiled as Stuttgart's new manager

• Stuttgart 3-1 Unirea Urziceni

A 3-1 win over Unirea Urziceni last night booked them a place in the draw for the knockout stages of the Champions League, but Gross was still not completely satisfied with what he saw.

"It was great how the team started, but I didn't really like what came after that," he said. "We became too hurried and lost possession too often. We then had an unfortunate start to the second half and it would be fatal if we get carried away with today's game. Our important game is against Mainz on Sunday."

Stuttgart currently lie third from the bottom of the Bundesliga and the Swiss coach was only appointed on Monday to replace Markus Babbel. He could not have wished for a better start, though, as the 2007 Bundesliga champions swept into a three-goal lead within 11 minutes.

"It was a game we desperately wanted to win,'' he said. "I think you could feel that from the very beginning. I tried to give the team a bit of self-confidence in the short time I have been here."