Sinshem With Cologne currently in the Bundesliga, Hoffenheim wants to go – to sixth and within the range of European Cup places. The team around the World Cup runner-up Kramaric does not go.
Stephen Baumgart is currently being celebrated at 1. FC Köln. At TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, on the other hand, fellow Sebastian Hoeneß is having a hard time getting his professionals on the right track.
Ahead of Friday’s Bundesliga match between the two clubs (8.30pm/DAZN) in Sinsheim, the mood could hardly be more different.
Hoeneß calls for more “sharpness” and “solidity”
Hoeneß’s patience grows with the pros who collected just eight points and two wins in their first seven games and delivered some really bad first half. The 39-year-old calls for more “sharpness” and “toughness” against his cologne. He does not want to see a bloodless appearance like the last appearance in the 1:3 match in Stuttgart or at home against Mainz: “The fundamental virtues of football will be the basis against Cologne.”
On the other hand, the sixth-placed Rhineland, unbeaten in five matches, made a successful start to the season with 12 points. Baumgart 1. brought FC Köln, who was still a problem last season, to a new life.
Baumgart celebrated as “Klub von Köln”
Just five months after the club managed to secure a place in the relegation category, the club is being traded as a contender for a place in the European Cup – the football teacher has also been referred to in the media as ‘Klopp von Köln’. His flat cap, which he wears has become The 49-year-old Baumgart in every game since the first warm-up match against Fortuna Colin has long been a bestseller.
However, Hoffenheim recently celebrated six straight victories against Cologne – and with a 6-0 win on March 31, 2018, it was their highest success in the Senate. The TSG pro was particularly meticulous last season: Andrej Kramaric contributed five goals to a 3-2, 3-0 win over FC. This time the Croatian can once again hope for the help of his neighbor Christoph Baumgartner, very important to Hoffenheim; The Austrian was injured last.
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