Where Cologne is currently in the Bundesliga, Hoffenheim want to go – to sixth place and within the range of European Cup places.
Sinsheim (dpa) – Steffen Baumgart is currently celebrated at 1. FC Cologne. At TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, on the other hand, his colleague Sebastian Hoeneß struggles to put his professionals on the right track.
Ahead of the Bundesliga match between the two clubs on Friday (8:30 p.m. / DAZN) in Sinsheim, the mood couldn’t be more different.
Hoeneß calls for more “sharpness” and “harshness”
Hoeneß is growing impatient with his professionals, who have collected just eight points and two wins in the first seven games and have had a terrible half-time. The 39-year-old calls for more “sharpness” and “harshness” against Cologne. He doesn’t want to see a bloodless appearance like the last one in the 1: 3 in Stuttgart or at home against Mainz: “The fundamental virtues of football will be the basis against Cologne.”
On the other hand, the sixth in the ranking of the Rhineland, undefeated in five games, made a successful start to the season with twelve points. Baumgart has revived 1. FC Köln, which was still seen as a problem last season.
Baumgart is celebrated as the “Klopp von Köln”
Just five months after the club failed to secure a place in the relegation class, the club are traded as a candidate for a European Cup place – and the football teacher is even referred to in the media as “Klopp von Köln. ”His flat cap, which Baumgart, 49, has worn in every game since the first warm-up game against Fortuna Köln, has long since become a bestseller.
However, Hoffenheim recently celebrated six straight wins against Cologne – and with the 6-0 on March 31, 2018, their biggest upper house success. A TSG professional was particularly precise last season: Andrej Kramaric contributed five goals in the 3-2, 3-0 victory over FC. This time, the Croatian can once again hope for help from his neighbor Christoph Baumgartner, so important to Hoffenheim; the Austrian was last injured.
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