Breitenreiter: "The time for talking is over"

TSG Hoffenheim will play their first home game of 2023 and their final match of the first half-season against VfB Stuttgart on Tuesday evening (20:30 CET / Live Ticker at There will be an official farewell for long-term captain Benjamin Hübner before the game. Ahead of the clash with the Swabians, head coach André Breitenreiter spoke about the current situation and the upcoming game.

André Breitenreiter on…

…the performance in Berlin: "The match away to Union was a summary of the season so far in 90 minutes. That says it all."

…the game against VfB: "It will be a defining game for us where we will not win by talking but through actions. Although I value the power of rhetoric, the time for talking is over. It's all about actions now, from the coaching staff, the players and the club as a whole. It's all about winning the game."

…the current losing streak: "Everyone could see how well we started in Berlin and dominated every statistic in the first half. However we lost the game; that has happened too often in the first half-season. I'm always optimistic and believe in the team fully. But I'm also a realist. When things keep happening, you have make changes – distinctly and quickly."

…the upcoming opponent: "VfB have suppressed a lot of their weaknesses. They work intensively off the ball and play with the right mentality, we have to be prepared for that."

The personnel situation:

The longer-term injury absentees Grischa Prömel and Jacob Bruun Larsen will be joined on the sidelines on Tuesday by Ozan Kabak, who picked up his fifth booking of the season against Union Berlin. A decision will be made on the involvement of Kevin Vogt, Dennis Geiger and Kevin Akpoguma in the final training session.

The opposition's form:

VfB drew 1-1 with 1. FSV Mainz 05 in their opening match of the New Year. Stuttgart sit in the relegation play-off place with 15 points from 16 rounds of matches.

Head-to-head record:

VfB have won 10 of the previous 24 Bundesliga meetings between the teams, while TSG have emerged victorious seven times. But VfB have not managed to win in Sinsheim since 2013; since then, there have been five TSG wins and two draws.

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