Markus Gisdol: Paloma have a right to be here - we're thoroughly prepared.

It finally begins on Sunday at 14:30 CEST…TSG will play their first competitive match of the 2014/15 season. Seven weeks of pre-season training have led up to the first round match of the German Cup away to USC Paloma in Hamburg. The regional league side from Hansestadt have been building up to the encounter lots and have even shot a film for it! Lights, camera, action!

Markus Gisdol on…

... their opponents:

Paloma won their regional cup in Hamburg – they have a right to be here. The days when you could approach the game carefree as a professional team are no more. We will give it 100% and have to give it that. It will become a tight affair if we're lacking one or two percent.”

“I personally haven't watched the opponents but we've gathered some footage of Paloma and we'll have a look at that. The preparation for this match is just as meticulous as it is for every other league game. We'll treat it no differently.”

... Personnel:

“Andreas Beck will miss out due to his ligament injury that he sustained against Genoa. We will see whether or not he can feature against Augsburg in the coming days. Janik Haberer will also not be available for us. After consulting with Sejad Salihovic, he will not play either. He still needs a bit of time after he picked up another injury at the World Cup. We'll give him that so that he can be as valuable for us this campaign as he has been in the past.”

“Oliver Baumann will start in goal on Sunday. I'm very pleased with him and he's lived up to my anticipation during pre-season. He's won me over completely and gives the team plenty of stability. He now just needs games to gain a better understanding with the rest of the team.”

The opponents' form:

USC Paloma lie in tenth place in the Hamburg Regional League after two matchdays. They suffered a 3-1 defeat to Germania Schnelsen on the season opener and won 3-2 over Curslack-Neuengamme on the second matchday last Sunday. The four goals scored by manager Marko Krausz's side so far this season have been scored by four different players.

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