Hoeness: "Bayern are the best team in the world"

The first home game of the season is almost upon us: on Sunday (15.30 CET / live updates on, TSG Hoffenheim will welcome Bayern Munich to the ProZero Arena. The champions come to Sinsheim as triple winners, having also won the UEFA Super Cup against Sevilla on Thursday. In the press conference before the game with Bayern Munich, TSG coach Sebastian Hoeness spoke about the strength of the opponents, what he expects from his team and the significance of the game for him personally.

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… his assessment of the opponents: "Bayern are currently the best team in the world, at least the best in Europe. I don't want to speculate about whether Hansi Flick will change the team against us. We need to look at what we need to do to be successful."

… what he expects from his team: "For us, it will be important to develop an attitude. We need to be present, willing to dig deep and be brave with and without the ball. We want to get under their skin and upset Bayern. We have to show that conviction on the day."

... the encounter with his former club: "I feel a great joy, as do our players and the club as a whole, that we are competing against Bayern – and also because we are finally allowed to play in front of the fans."

... his relationship with Bayern Munich: "I was a Bayern fan and that was always the way it was. But I also had sympathy for the clubs my dad worked for and I played for myself in some cases." 

… the personnel situation: "The injury list is slowly getting shorter. Benjamin Hübner is only just starting to step up his training, but Stefan Posch was in training all week and Robert Skov and Florian Grillitsch are on the right track. We will decide on Sunday whether we can use them."

Head-to-head record:

The two teams will meet for the 25th time in the Bundesliga on Sunday. Although TSG have won only three of the games to date (five draws and 16 defeats), with three wins from the past seven matches, the more recent record against the German champions is certainly impressive.

The opposition’s form:

Bayern Munich have gone 21 games without defeat in the Bundesliga, and have won their last 15. They have taken all three points from the last ten away games, meaning Munich would set a Bundesliga record if they were to win on Sunday. Since Hansi Flick took over as head coach, things have been going extremely well. In 38 competitive games, FCB have celebrated 35 wins (with two defeats and one draw).

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