Hoeness: "We believe we can get something against Dortmund"

TSG Hoffenheim will round off the English week by welcoming Borussia Dortmund to the PreZero Arena on Saturday (15:30 CET / Live Ticker at The Kraichgau outfit are looking to put their cup defeat to SC Freiburg behind them and bounce back in the league. At the pre-match press conference, head coach Sebastian Hoeness spoke about personnel changes in the squad, the opposition and David Raum's contract extension.

Sebastian Hoeness on…

…the personnel situation: „Marco John, Ermin Bičakčić, Diadie Samassékou, Pavel Kadeřábek, Robert Skov and Mijat Gaćinović are out. As for Kevin Akpoguma, Christoph Baumgartner and Florian Grillitsch, we need to see whether they're ready for the game."

…David Raum's contract extension: "It's another piece of good news. David is a lad with a really good attitude. He has shown great development this season. He has picked up many scorer points and is an important factor for us."

…the defeat against Freiburg: "There was enormous disappointment. We set out with big aims and a good feeling. Unfortunately, the energy stayed in the changing rooms. We couldn't bring it on to the pitch, especially in the first half. A few things came together that took the evening away from us. The goal for 3-1 really hurt. But now we're looking ahead. The defeat will not set us back."

…the game on Saturday: "Like Freiburg, Dortmund can quickly play themselves in on our goal with few touches of the ball. So we'll have to eliminate the mistakes. But it'll be a different kind of game to Wednesday. Dortmund have a lot of individual quality. We must therefore play with good structure and avoid simple losses of possession. We believe that we can get something."

…Erling Haaland: "He is obviously a special striker. We will have to defend him as a team. We need to stop them from playing him through. He is enormously dangerous, especially in counter-attacking situations."

Head-to-head record:

Dortmund won the reverse fixture 3-2 thanks to a last-minute winner by Erling Haaland. Overall, BVB have the better head-to-head record to with 10 wins, 10 draws and seven defeats.

The opposition's form:

Like TSG, BVB were dealt a setback in midweek. Coach Marco Rose's team lost 2-1 away to FC St. Pauli in the DFB-Pokal. In the league, however, Dortmund have kicked off the second half of the season with two victories and remain in second place in the table.


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