TSG hope for first points of the season

For the first time in the history of TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, the club lies in a Bundesliga relegation spot after losing their opening pair of games. TSG must stay calm and put in a valiant display in their away game against Freiburg on Sunday at 15.30 CET if they are to collect their first points of the season. TSG can be sure to have the fans support. “We want to give the team an extra push”, said the chair of the fans' governing body, Stephanie Krotz in an interview with

Manager Markus Babbel expects a reaction from his side after their last two performances. “We must stand together and call upon all of our expertise. If that's not enough, then we'll have to shake it off and carry on”, said Babbel in the press conference on Friday. The away game in Breisgau has the feel of a derby. The geographical location is not the only reason either as the Mage Solar Stadium adds to the electric atmosphere. “It's an enclosed stadium, the atmosphere of which I used to love as a player. I hope that this atmosphere helps us reach our best performance.”

Babbel will have to go without some his first team players in Freiburg. Alongside the suspended Sejad Salihovic and Stephan Shröck, Chris is also unavailable. The Brazilian tore a muscle in his thigh on Wednesday and will be out for three weeks. Patrick Ochs has recovered from his abductor injury and trained with the first team on Friday. The same can be said for Andreas Beck, who has recovered from a niggling knee injury. “Both have trained well. There's fierce competition in the squad. The decision between who plays out of the pair is something I will decide nearer the time”, explained Babbel. Sven Schipplock is touch-and-go after picking up a bruised heel. The attacker tried to train again on Friday but had to stop and as a result, his selection on Sunday remains in doubt.

The balance of TSG vs Freiburg encounters weighs heavily on TSG's shoulders. In the last seven games between the two clubs, TSG have only picked up the one win. SCF have won three and the remaining fixtures ended even. The last meeting in the Mage Solar Stadium in April this year ended goalless.

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