Despite Hannover defeat, TSG are staying up!

TSG may have been beaten 1-0 by Hannover 96 on Saturday, but they will still spend next season in the Bundesliga! With Bremen and Frankfurt due to face each other on the final day, Hoffenheim’s tally of 37 points means they can no longer drop into the relegation zone.

Line-up and tactics:

With Tobias Strobl out suspended, the coaching staff had to reorganise the defence, as Pavel Kaderabek came in at right back. Nadiem Amiri also returned to the starting line-up, with fellow attacking midfielder Philipp Ochs dropping to the bench. The rest of the back four in front of Oliver Baumann was made up of Niklas Süle and Ermin Bicakcic at centre back, with Jeremy Toljan on the left. Eugen Polanski and Sebastian Rudy were in holding midfield behind Amiri, while Kevin Volland, Mark Uth and Andrej Kramaric were the front three.

Julian Nagelsmann opted for a 4-3-3 formation, with the full backs pushing forward when TSG were in possession, and the wingers dropping back to add numbers in midfield when chasing the ball. The manager made his first substitution at half time, replacing Uth with Kevin Kuranyi. There was also a change in midfield in the second half, as Pirmin Schwegler replaced Polanski.

Moment of the match:

Der Abpfiff. In Hannover und in allen anderen Stadien, in denen Teams spielen, die um den Klassenerhalt kämpfen. Insbesondere in Köln, wo Bremen nicht über ein torloses Remis hinauskommt. Damit kann nur Bremen oder Frankfurt die TSG am 34. Spieltag noch überholen und Hoffenheim damit nicht mehr auf den Relegationsplatz rutschen. Klassenerhalt gesichert.

Number of the match: 9

What was it the fans were singing at training on Thursday? TSG are “unrelegatable”. They’ve been proven right for another year. There may not have been a win today, but Julian Nagelsmann’s boys have confirmed their participation in a ninth consecutive Bundesliga campaign. 

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