TSG 1899 hoffenheim wants to leave its bundesliga worries behind in the european league. After seven winless games in the league, the aim is to secure first place in the group, at least internationally, ahead of time.
"First and foremost, it’s full steam ahead for group victory. That’s definitely on the agenda," said coach sebastian hoeneb ahead of today’s match at red star belgrade (18 thursday).55 a.M./DAZN). So far, the european record is flawless with 13:1 goals and twelve points, no other of the 47 participants has a better record so far.
The signs are good that the group victory will come on the penultimate matchday in the serbian metropolis. Just one point after the 2-0 first leg was enough to put belgrade safely behind them. "Of course, this could also help with regard to gent, when we are already determined as group winners. That’s another reason to take the game seriously tomorrow," said hoeneb.
Against the KAA gent takes place on 10. December the last of the six group matches will take place. If hoffenheim will be first this week, uli hoeneb’s nephew could spare some of his players in the final game, just like hansi flick did for bayern this week.
What works well in europe hasn’t worked in the bundesliga since the furious 4:1 win over bavaria at the end of september. The gap to the international range has already grown, the recent 1:1 at relegation candidate mainz has not improved the mood. "It is sometimes too easy for our opponents to create chances against us. I’d like to see more nil games," said goalkeeper oliver baumann. Two key defensive players, captain benjamin hubner and pavel kaderabek, will continue to be out until the end of the year with injuries.