Baumann: "All that counts now is the match in Nuremberg"

TSG Hoffenheim will resume their Bundesliga campaign on Saturday (15:30 CET, Live Ticker on with an away trip to Nuremberg. Having lost three competitive matches on the bounce before the international break, goalkeeper Oliver Baumann is confident of getting back to winning ways against 'Der Club'.

Oliver, the international fixtures brought a temporary halt to the regular Bundesliga action. Did the break come at the right time?

"After the last few matches, it was quite good to take a bit of time out. I hope that we'll have recharged our batteries and that we'll be able to pick up some points over the course of the coming weeks, having dropped too many recently."

The three successive defeats have preyed on your minds, haven't they?

"The last three or four matches were okay in terms of the performance, but in terms of the points we took from them it was not nearly enough. That's definitely preyed on our minds and annoyed us."

"We need to convert our chances into leads"

Is it now about time for wins "at all costs"?

"I still prefer to play good football. But the fact is that we need to take the next step, we need to combine the two – playing beautiful football and getting points. We need to convert chances and leads into victories. We haven't managed to do that recently. That's why we've got far too few points."

Is it sometimes especially tough as a goalkeeper, because you're watching from afar as the ball crashes back off the woodwork again?

"Obviously as a goalkeeper you're willing on the action at the other end and sometimes it's not easy when the ball won't go in. But I already got used to not being able to get involved some time ago."

"It won't be a given"

On Saturday, the Bundesliga resumes with a match away at 1. FC Nuremberg. Are you confident that you'll get back to winning ways?

"Definitely. It's the kind of match that's an opportunity to show character. We want to win, of course – and we should manage to so as to get into a better position in the table. But we also know that it won't be easy in Nuremberg. It won't be a given. Once again, we'll need a lot of effort, another good game and, above all, goals. If we have those things, I'm confident that we'll travel home with the three points. We need to prepare well for the match and put the Champions League to the back of our minds. Currently all that counts is the match in Nuremberg. We'll think about the next step afterwards."

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