Julian Nagelsmann on…
…the personnel situation: "I still haven't seen all the players. Vincenzo Grifo, Reiss Nelson and Stefan Posch will only be returning from international duty today. All the others are fit and healthy, so I will have the full squad available and at my disposal at the weekend. Benjamin Hübner and Dennis Geiger are making progress but are not yet contenders for a place in the squad."
…the international fixtures: "Rather than just watching a game, I take a look at clips. Sometimes it's also good not to see too much and to give the lads some breathing space. I obviously know the results and who performed well or badly."
…the upcoming games: "The next block of games is slightly different. I won't have to place as much focus on squad rotation. Obviously there's a difference between those who have trained here for two weeks and those who played two lots of 90 minutes. We're currently the club with the most international call-ups in the Bundesliga."
…the opposition: "I'm under the assumption Hertha will be going for the win. They're currently not on the best run but have had a solid season. They have a few injury concerns in the defensive department. Hertha have a lot of good footballers and are incredibly difficult to analyse."
…the break: "When you're on a run, you always wanted to continue. That said, it always does you good to take a breather from time to time. I don't think it'll disrupt our flow."
The opposition's form:
Hertha Berlin made a strong start to the season, but their form has tailed off in recent weeks and they have not picked up a win in their last five matches. Coach Pal Dardai's charges currently sit in eighth place in the table with 16 points after 11 rounds of matches.
The teams have met on 16 previous occasions. Hoffenheim have the marginally better head-to-head record, with seven wins and five defeats against the capital club. Of the last five meetings, TSG have won three and drawn two.
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