Gentner won’t get carried away

VfB Stuttgart's captain Christian Gentner will not be getting too optimistic about his club's recent improvement in form as they prepare to face Hamburger SV in their next fixture.

Stuttgart find themselves just above the relegation zone on goal difference alone, but have managed to string four matches together without being defeated, with their latest victory coming against FC Köln on Saturday.

Gentner is convinced Stuttgart can keep their good form going but knows that he and his teammates need to keep focused and take it one game at a time.

"Hopefully we'll have a successful second half of the season, but we still have a long way to go." said Gentner.

"Against Köln we took our foot off the gas after taking the lead and dropped a little too deep, which was unnecessary. We showed that there is room for improvement, but to start the year with a win does our confidence the world of good."

Former youth team boss Jurgen Kramny has recently taken over the reigns at Stuttgart and has made an impressive start to life in his new role, and has enforced a new playing style which the team are currently thriving under.

"Our philosophy is a little different now," he said. "We don't push quite as high up the pitch as we did under the previous head coach and we aren't as gung-ho as we used to be.

"We're a lot more solid now than we were in the Hinrunde, but we'll have to wait and see whether we can keep that going. We'll have setbacks and might go on a three or four-game winless run at some stage. We have to be prepared for that."