Interview Vedad Ibisevic

The relief for Ralf Rangnick's team was plain to see following the 2-1 victory over Hannover 96. The three points came as a huge confidence booster to the squad, as Vedad Ibisevic tells

Vedad, 2-1 against Hannover. Were you pleased with the result and the performance from the team?

Of course I'm very happy. The victory was enormously important for our confidence. I think we saw that we were very cautious in the first half an hour, but the opening goal freed us up somewhat. Unfortunately we weren't effective enough in front of goal and that meant we had to endure some unnecessary pressure towards the end.

You mentioned the final stages of the game. There were three injuries in ten minutes. How will the team cope with those losses?

Well we have to get over it. Three of our most important players had to be taken off, but the substitutes fitted in seamlessly and did a good job. We've had a lot of injuries to deal with over the past few weeks but we breathed sigh of relief with the news that Simunic, Obasi and Maicosuel would be able to play. Now Andreas Beck and Chinedu Obasi are out for a longer period. It's been typical of our season. Hopefully Demba will be able to play against Bochum.

Things are going a lot better for you personally. You're not having quite as much luck in front of goal, but you've been creating lots of chances. How satisfied are you with your own performances over the past few games?

As you said, things are going a lot better. I feel in good shape and I'm working hard, so the goals will come at some point. I'm not thinking about it too much. As long as the team is winning it doesn't matter if I score or not.

The DFB Cup quarter final against Bremen takes place on Tuesday night. The Weserstadion hasn't been the happiest of hunting grounds for Hoffenheim in the past. Are you confident of reaching the semis?

It's not going to be easy, we know that much. Bremen are the favourites, but we're out to cause an upset and build on our confidence. It's true that we haven't fared too well in Bremen in the past, but the win against Hannover convinced me that we can definitely get a result there.

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