ACalculated before the home game premiere in the Champions League against Manchester City TSG 1899 Hoffenheim is badly damaged. Not only the 1: 2 against RB Leipzig, but especially the many failures make the Bundesliga club from the Kraichgau to create. Julian Nagelsmann has to give up on this Tuesday (18:55 clock in the F.A.Z. Liveticker for Champions League and Sky) against Starcoach Pep Guardiola even on defensive director Kevin Vogt.
The two coaches already exchanged short messages. "The writing process is of course private, nothing earth shattering," said Nagelsmann. "I do not have WhatsApp, but I send SMS," Guardiola said Monday night. Both expressed their great respect for each other. "Of course I am very impressed with him. I'm happy to meet him and play against him. We are in contact from time to time, "said the 47-year-old Spaniard about Nagelsmann, who, at 31, is the youngest head coach in the premier class history.
"I do not think there will be a battle of tactics. They will not be extremely responsive to us, "Nagelsmann said. "We have already considered a plan. A good plan in my eyes – even a bold plan. "The Hoffenheim coach had previously stressed that it would be" extremely difficult "to win against this ensemble. Finally, City is one of the few teams, "where the squad value goes up to over a billion."
Both teams are already under pressure in the second game. Hoffenheim had played for the opening 2: 2 at Shakhtar Donetsk, Group favorites City was defeated Olympique Lyon with 1: 2. However, Guardiola had to serve a barrier in the stands. Manchester and the former Bayern coach come with German internationals Leroy Sané and Ilkay Gündogan.
"There will be a lot going on, I think. It's a huge team with a great coach. I think it will be one of the most interesting games since TSG Hoffenheim exists, "predicted TSG attacker Adam Szalai. "Pep Guardiola has a plan and does not come here to play a draw. And anyone who knows Julian Nagelsmann knows that it will be a tactical highlight for any fan. "
The Hoffenheim coach, however, a little hands are tied, because the personnel situation is precarious. The so important captain and defender Kevin Vogt is still out. The injured list reaches from Benjamin Hübner, Ermin Bicakcic, Havard Nordtveit and Kasim Adams in defense to Nadiem Amiri, Dennis Geiger and Lukas Rupp in midfield.
"We do not want to cry," said Leonardo Bittencourt before the premier class crash. The former Cologne has made a good start in the Nagelsmann team and forms together with goalkeeper Oliver Baumann, Vogt, Florian Grillitsch and the Brazilian Joelinton the skeleton of the TSG in this very mixed season.
"We want to get everything out there. Full 90 minutes on attack! "Announced Vincenzo Grifo. However, the Hoffenheimers were clearly against Leipzig, the fifth of seven games within 22 days, that the rhythm with international games the decimated squad hoses. "It's not an easy task to get to the top level every three days," explained Nagelsmann.
After the lesson against his future employer Leipzig and his head coach Ralf Rangnick, the youngest coach in Champions League history in Guardiola now has the next tactical freak in front of his chest. "I do not know if it's always an advantage to know Pep Guardiola. It's not easy to filter out the crucial things, "Nagelsmann said. "If we were to win, which of course we also try in this game, that would be very important."