Hoeness: ''We can make a name for ourselves''

On Tuesday, TSG Hoffenheim will be hoping to make it through to the last 16 of the DFB-Pokal when they host Holstein Kiel in the second round. Ahead of the clash with the Bundesliga 2 club, head coach Sebastian Hoeness gave an update on the personnel situation and discussed the opposition as well as potential rotations.

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…the personnel situation: ''Ermin Bičakčić, Pavel Kadeřábek, Marco John and Christoph Baumgartner are all still unavailable. Kevin Akpoguma has suffered a facial contusion and is doubtful.''

…potential rotations: ''It's not a question of giving players match practice. We're playing again on Friday and we have to make sure we find a good balance. An opportunity will be given to players who are doing well in training. We'll see how the starting line-up looks.''

…Holstein Kiel: ''Position in the table is irrelevant in the cup. They've played just two matches under Marcel Rapp. He's adjusted their system a bit, so it's not easy to predict how they're going to play. They're a team with good character who get the most out of the resources at their disposal. They've lost a few important players and are suffering as a result. It's going to be a tough task against a team that almost achieved promotion last season.''

…the competition: ''We want to advance to the next round, and we will take our opponents seriously. We can make a name for ourselves in the cup and we want to make it to the last 16. We want to show that from the first kick of the ball. It's about concentrating on our own game and putting in a focused performance.''

…the lessons from the match in Munich: ''I didn't have to console my players after the defeat in Munich. We didn't start the game well. We've gone over what happened, but we've also discussed tactical elements to prepare for Kiel. We're looking ahead.'' 

Head-to-head record:

Tuesday night's match will be the first time the two sides have faced one another in a competitive fixture. There has never previously been a match-up in the Bundesliga, Bundesliga 2 or the DFB-Pokal.

The opposition's form:

After missing out on promotion through defeat in the relegation play-off last season, Kiel have got off to a bad start in the new campaign. Ole Werner resigned as head coach at the end of September. Marcel Rapp, former U19 coach at TSG, took over three weeks ago and has since led the side to two draws. Kiel are currently placed 15th in the Bundesliga 2 with ten points. 

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