TSG Hoffenheim does not take a leaf in front of his mouth

From VfL Wolfsburg you can look at the TSG 1899 Hoffenheim a lot. How to largely unnoticed the Champions League, for example.

Or maybe: how big the danger is to drive such a success only half a year later to the wall again when you have done it once.

At this Saturday at any rate, the Hoffenheimer after two goals in only four minutes won 2: 1 (0: 1) in Wolfsburg and are more and more likely to take a role reminiscent of the VfL in the past Bundesliga season. There are a number of clubs such as Frankfurt, Leipzig or Wolfsburg itself, which could not hold their high level of the previous year. And there is almost always someone who exploits such a thing.

The dream of the European Cup

34. Spieltag TSG Hoffenheim - FC Augsburg 2016/2017

Hoffenheim could be this season, the Europa League seems realistic not to be excluded the Champions League. "We want to go to the European Cup, that's our dream and our goal," said striker Andrej Kramaric. "We will give everything for that. And in the future we need the mentality of today on the grass."

The Vice World Champion of 2018 crowned the decisive six minutes of this game with his winner for 2: 1. In the 72nd and 73 minutes, Wolfsburg Jérôme Roussillon was unused at 1-0 for the VfL two large opportunities. In the 74th and 78th minute Hoffenheim then turned through Jacob Bruun Larsen and Kramaric the entire game.

European Cup is to curl Kramaric

For the 30-year-old croats, it was the first goal and the first use after the second corona infection. His contract with the TSG runs after this season, which could still open the most prominent Hoffenheim player who might open the last chance, but to change again to Italy or Spain. His club still hopes to be able to make a few convincing arguments to this course: a good salary, his long association affiliation, the feel-good factor at the place of residence Heidelberg - and maybe even another European Cup participation.

This speaks that the Hoffenheimer this season has acquired a remarkable resistance. No other team in the Football Bundesliga brought after residues as many points as the TSG: After the Wolfsburg game already 18. In addition, the team came before and during this game the nearly complete defensive axis cast off. Dennis Geiger and Florian Grillitsch lacked yellow-locked, defensive chief Kevin Vogt injured in the 40th minute at a running duel with Max Kruse.

An important, but "no deserved victory"

"The victory was for the morale and for the team, because we already have a few guys who are not available to us. I'm really proud today," said coach Sebastian Hoeneß. "Under the line, it's certainly not a deserved victory. But I still like to take him with it because we have often heard that from the opposing coaches in recent weeks."

Four times one after the other, the Hoffenheimer lost between mid-January and early February in league and trophy. But even this team recovered, now she is back. 11 Victories After 23 Bundesliga games are an interim balance, which did not even reach Julian Nagelsmann in his successful years from 2016 to 2019. And then the club landed at the end twice on a Champions League Square.


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