TSG start winter preparations

TSG Hoffenheim have commenced their preparations for 2024. 24 players were involved as training got back under way.

The break was brief, the ball is in motion again in Zuzenhausen: TSG Hoffenheim started training on Tuesday, with head coach Pellegrino Matarazzo welcoming 21 players for the restart. The long-term injury absentees Mergim Berisha and Marco John plus Anton Stach (cold) were back. Bambasé Conté, Dennis Geiger and Wout Weghorst trained individually. U17 World Cup winner Max Moerstedt who will complete the preparations with the first team but initially still play for the U19s was involved too.

Amid unfavourable weather conditions, the TSG team got underway in front of 50 spectators at 15:00 CET. After some initial relaxed warm-up exercises, the ball entered the fray. The team subsequently took time to fulfil the fans' autograph and selfie wishes.

"The batteries are recharged. I had a lovely time with my family. Now we're ready for football again. The lads made a good impression in the first training session," said Pellegrino Matarazzo following the first training session of the year.

This week will also see TSG hold a public training session at 11:00 CET on both Wednesday (3 January) and Thursday (4 January). Hoffenheim will then contest their only friendly match of the winter preparations when they pay a visit to FC Augsburg on Saturday (6 January / 13:00 CET). They will then kick off the 2024 Bundesliga action away to FC Bayern Munich on 12 January (Friday / 20:30 CET).

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