Hoeness: "It will come down to efficiency"

On Saturday (15:30 CET, live updates on TSG Hoffenheim will play host to VfL Wolfsburg on Matchday 6. TSG are hoping to repeat the success they found against the "Wolves" in the second half of last season. At the press conference ahead of the clash with the side who currently lie second in the table, head coach Sebastian Hoeness gave an update on the injury situation and commented on the start of the season and the opposition.

Sebastian Hoeneß on…

… the personnel situation: "Benjamin Hübner, Ermin Bičakčić and Håvard Nordtveit are still out. There are question marks as to whether Sebastian Rudy, Munas Dabbur and Angelo Stiller will be involved."

… the opposition: "We are playing a team with a deep squad. But they also have some top players in Wout Weghorst, Maxence Lacroix and Ridle Baku. They are very compact and can move the ball quickly after they win possession. Wolfsburg's clear strength lies in their defence. We cannot assume that we will create a lot of chances to score, so it will come down to efficiency"

… Hoffenheim's start to the season: "We are in mid-table, but we want to be in the top half of the table. In my opinion, we have one or two points fewer than we should have. But, for me, the process is more important than where we are in the table. And the process is well underway. For us as a team, it is important to get a good spine on the pitch. We won't see five changes in the starting line-up again. We have now had another week and hopefully you'll be able to tell that on Saturday."

… the Bielefeld game: "We had a lot of chances but didn't use them. It was better than against Mainz. Our goal is to dominate games, as we showed in the course of the match in Bielefeld."

The opposition’s form:

As in the past two seasons, VfL Wolfsburg are unbeaten after five matches. The 1-1 draw against Eintracht Frankfurt was the first time coach Mark van Bommel's team dropped points this season, having posted four victories on the bounce before that. VfL currently lie second in the table and have the same number of points as top of the table Bayern Munich.

Head-to-head record:

Overall, VfL Wolfsburg clearly have the better record in games between the sides, with 13 wins, seven draws and seven defeats. However, Hoffenheim can take confidence from the last meeting between the two sides: in March, TSG won 2-1 against VfL thanks to goals from Christoph Baumgartner and Andrej Kramarić.

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