Hoeness: "We have to fight, work and battle for victory"

The time has finally come: TSG Hoffenheim will once again be able to welcome 10,000 spectators to the PreZero Arena. Sebastian Hoeness' charges will be looking to draw on that home support and pick up another three points in the Bundesliga when they face Arminia Bielefeld. Prior to the match on Sunday (17:30 CET / Live Ticker at, the head coach spoke about the personnel situation, the opposition and recent results.

Sebastian Hoeness on…

…the personnel situation: "Ermin Bičakčić, Robert Skov and Chris Richards are out. Tom Bischof is with the national team, Andrej Kramarić has corona and Angelo Stiller is ill. He doesn't have corona but feels run down and won't be ready in time for Sunday. Pavel Kadeřábek and Kevin Akpoguma trained this week and will be in the squad, but they're not in contention for 90 minutes. However, they have made a good impression and one of them may start."

…the game on Sunday: "We would ideally like to keep a clean sheet and certainly concede fewer goals than last time. We have to do that in order to pick up points, get the home win we're hoping for and not end up empty-handed again. That mustn't happen to us again if we want to talk about objectives this season. We want to demonstrate our home strength once again and win the game. To do so, we'll need to find an extremely good balance. We must not be impatient, but we also mustn't presume we will succeed."

…training this week: "Sparks have been flying in training, which is extremely positive. Without the boys going for each other. But you can see there's a certain dissatisfaction as we haven't won in a while and it really annoys us all to keep hearing the opposition say we were the better team. We don't want to end up empty-handed again; we want to continue on our path and we must fight, work and battle even harder for victory to turn the tide."

…opponents Arminia Bielefeld: "It will be an intense game; they are very strong, they get stuck into lots of challenges and are on a good run. That's why there is a certain fluidity to their play. We have to stop them scoring early and preferably score the early goal ourselves then it'll be much easier to win the ball and switch. They've scored about 30 percent of their goals from long shots and 30 percent from counters. We have to prevent that. We want to take the reins and not let ourselves be lulled in, but be on the front foot and purposeful."

...captain Benjamin Hübner's contract extension: "I'm extremely happy that the contract has been extended. It was my express wish that Benni stays on for a year. He has been an important point of contact for me during my time here, even though he has hardly been on the pitch. That contact has been even more intensive in recent weeks. One has seen how much emotion he can generate and how he can carry the team. We need that. He is my extended arm and our undisputed captain, and I'm very happy that our cooperation will continue."

Head-to-head record:

Two wins, three draws – there is no other Bundesliga club TSG have faced so often without tasting defeat. The last three clashes have all ended in stalemate, with the two teams drawing 0-0 at the Alm in the reverse fixture.

The opposition's form:

Arminia have picked up three wins and three draws from their last six matches – no other club in the Bundesliga are currently on as long an unbeaten run as the men from Bielefeld. Last week, Arminia played out a 1-1 draw with Borussia Mönchengladbach.

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