Mbabu: ''Hoffenheim will be very hungry''

Kevin Mbabu has been a VfL Wolfsburg player for two years, and the right-back is now part of the best defence in the league. Ahead of the clash with TSG Hoffenheim on Saturday (15:30 CET), the Swiss spoke about Wolfsburg's strengths, the double load caused by the Champions League and the match away to TSG.

You are currently unbeaten and placed second in the Bundesliga. What has made you so successful?

"We are very strong defensively and don't give away many chances. We also have a great team spirit. Every player works for each other. We have also strengthened ourselves very well on the offensive side, which has allowed us to create more goalscoring opportunities.''

You are defined above all by your outstanding defence, having conceded just two goals. What has Mark van Bommel changed as coach?

"It's mainly the small things that we've been working on. The individual quality in the back four is very high, plus we have a very good goalkeeper in Koen Casteels. We try to make it as difficult as possible for our opponents to create chances."

You have a Champions League match against Sevilla scheduled for midweek. How are you dealing with the additional load?

"The double strain is definitely not easy to begin with. But after a few weeks, the body gets used to playing a game every three to four days. However, the balance between exertion and regeneration has to be right.''

You're travelling to Hoffenheim on Saturday. What will the game come down to?

"I think we'll have to keep playing with a lot of intensity, aggressiveness and pressing and look to create good chances. Then, of course, we have to convert those into goals."

TSG have yet to win since the first matchday. Why will they nonetheless be dangerous?

"Hoffenheim will be very hungry. When you play at home, you want to make your fans happy. They will do everything they can to get the win. But I also hope we'll be able to make it as difficult as possible for TSG and take the points back to Wolfsburg."

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