TSG Hoffenheim has lost momentum in the fight for Europe. The negative series continued in Mainz – and depressed the mood.
Sebastian Hoeneß was so annoyed that the compliments simply bounced off him. “We’re fed up,” complained the TSG Hoffenheim coach after the next unnecessary setback in the fight for Europe. After all, it is now “the third game after which the opponent tells us how well we played”. But Hoeneß and Co. can’t buy anything from it.
Once again, the Kraichgauer convinced over long stretches, once again they dominated a game, but in the end TSG was again empty-handed at 0: 2 (0: 0) at FSV Mainz 05 – the excellent starting position is gone. And the fourth competitive defeat in a row put a lot of pressure on the mood.
“We can now express our opinion a little more internally and put our fingers in the wound,” demanded Kevin Vogt, who spoke of a “small earnings crisis”. Goalkeeper Oliver Baumann also admitted that he was “annoyed” but “you mustn’t freak out, you have to keep your cool”.
Hoffenheim again with a bankruptcy despite good performance
Within four weeks, TSG fell from third place to eighth. And that, although the achievements were by no means bad – but the lightness has been lost. Against Borussia Dortmund (2:3), for example, Hoffenheim delivered an outstanding game before the international break, received praise but left too much behind.
As in Mainz. “TSG were the better team. They made sure we didn’t look good,” said FSV coach Bo Svensson, whose team set a record by going home four times without conceding a goal.
Once again the playful class of the Kraichgauer flashed. They hit the post twice, missed several high-profile chances before giving away the points in the final stages. The goals scored by Jae-Sung Lee (79′) and Moussa Niakhate (83′, penalty kick) were “extremely annoying”, said Hoeneß.
Hoeneß: “We have to force it”
“I don’t have the feeling that we’re at odds. We have to force it,” demanded the TSG coach, who knows exactly what he’s talking about. After all, it’s not the first difficult phase for him. He has often freed himself from tricky situations during his almost one-and-a-half year tenure. “The performance is good over long stretches, but there are nuances that don’t fit. That’s why we’re not scoring any points at the moment,” said Vogt.
However, he and his teammates have to stop the fluctuations as soon as possible in order to reverse the trend – and to fulfill their dream of Europe. Otherwise there are only compliments.