Saturday 23/04/2011 @15:30 (GMT+2)
Press conference (Thursday)
Opening statement Assistant Coach Peter Hermann (Heynckes was ill with the flu): Everyone can imagine that this was not an easy week for us. On Monday we analysed the Bayern game and had a few conversations to find out what happened in Munich. The training performances improved as the week progressed. We are now focused on Hoffenheim, which will also be a difficult game. Despite the severe defeat, which was no doubt a big frustration for us, we continue to be in a good position in the table. The team has added 61 points that is already more than the entire last season. These 61 points derived from hard work and have not be won in the lottery. We want to display again a good performance like we did in the weeks before Bayern. I have a positive feeling for this match as the team has worked very focused during the week and all players are available. Our objective is to deliver an attractive game for the fans to apologize for the bad display in Munich. We will make this happen!
Question: How difficult was it to work with the team this week, given the 5-1 and Heynckes absence due to illness?
Hermann: The players have a good character, it was therefore no problem. They were aggressive in the training sessions and heated discussions took also place. I think this is positive.
Question: You said that the team invested too little in Munich, how did the players take this statement?
Hermann: We were bad at both ends and gave Bayern too much space because the players did not run enough. Sometimes it’s difficult to find the reason for this. It’s not the first time, also against Mönchengladbach it was similar. However we always came back after these defeats. This will be the case on Saturday.
Question: Bayern is 6 points behind, do you think this is a comfortable situation or could the race for the second position get exciting?
Hermann: This is a good lead, but Bayern can win all 4 games. We need to get the needed points to make the direct qualification for the Champions League perfect. We are not a young team anymore, there is a good mix of quality players who exactly know in which competition they want to play next season.
Question: How do you judge Hoffenheim at the moment?
Hermann: Hoffenheim can play a good ball. They had their ups and downs this season. Now there is no pressure for them being in the middle of the table. This can be to our advantage or disadvantage. We need to look at us and give our best.
Question: Were you happy after the game that Bayern Munich will be your next employer?
Hermann: I did not think about that. I felt ashamed, all I had on my mind was to get back to the team bus and talk to nobody.
Heynckes/Hermann have two options: line-up the same eleven to give them a chance to make up for the Bayern loss or introduce changes.
Line-up Hoffenheim (from Kicker):
Starke – Beck,Vorsah,Compper,Braafheid – Rudy,Kaiser – Sigurdsson,Alaba – Babel,Ibisevic
There are rumours that Rene Adler’s contract extension will be soon announced! At the moment there are no offers from other clubs.