Second test in Spain – TSG beat VfL Bochum

Three days after the 2-0 win against OH Leuven, Hoffenheim also won on Sunday afternoon against second-division side VfL Bochum. A 1-0 scoreline after an intense 90 minutes was thanks to a goal from Anthony Modeste after 15 minutes. For Gisdol and his team it was the second clean sheet of the training camp.

The manager again changed a lot of his outfield players. Only Jeremy Toljan, Tobias Strobl and goalkeeper Jens Grahl played the whole game. Bochum's manager Peter Neururer also made a number of changes after the break. Hoffenheim impressed in the first half, with a notable mention going to new signing Jiloan Hamad who, having set up Modeste's opener, picked up his second assist in as many games for Hoffenheim.

“It's important not to overvalue the result, but I am happy. The lads have had heavy legs after the strength exercises we did over the last few days. I noticed that but they were pretty concentrated and hardly let anything through defensively. I am pleased that Anthony scored. It's important for a striker to have that confidence, and goals are always important,” said Markus Gisdol about his side's latest victory.

Plan for the next few days

The team went without Kevin Volland (foot), Sejad Salihovic (thigh), David Abraham (knee bruise), Sven Schipplock (Achilles tendon), Fabian Johnson (bruised foot) and Stefan Thesker (ankle).

The same group were also missing in the morning's training session. 50 minutes long the TSG players spent working on finishing and stabilising exercises in the gym ahead of the afternoon game.

On Monday, the team will leave the San Pedro del Pinatar area and return to Baden-Baden on an 11:30 flight. The squad have a day off planned on Tuesday to recover from the intensive few sessions in Spain, before they start the next part of their training on Wednesday (from 11 o'clock, open training) in preparation for the second half of the season.

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