Sport Hoeneß: "We are not victims"

14:56  26 february  2021
14:56  26 february  2021 Source:   sport1.de

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Even the day after, everyone in Hoffenheim is still under the aftermath of this strange and almost absurd elimination from the Europa League against Molde FK (0: 2). "A game that we have to win and we mustn't lose under any circumstances," said coach Sebastian Hoeneß. It happened anyway.

Gibt sich kämpferisch: Sebastian Hoeneß. © imago images Is combative: Sebastian Hoeneß.

Just to put the experience again in numbers: Hoffenheim made 52 shots on goal against Molde in the first and second leg - 14 more than any other team in the round of 32. However, TSG only managed three goals. Molde, on the other hand, only made twelve shots on goal, only Dynamo Kiev less (ten). With these twelve degrees, however, the Norwegians managed five goals - on average the team only needed 2.4 shots on goal per goal - the clear best score in this round.

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And so efficiency beats inefficiency. "A very low opponent with a goalkeeper in a very good mood and a strong central defender who has cleared away a lot," analyzed Hoeneß, "we bit our teeth at that, which is extremely disappointing." The pain continued on Friday, the 38-year-old could not ignore the draw for the round of 16, "it cannot be avoided and it will certainly hurt".

"It can not be an option to duck"

After the early break in the DFB Cup in the 2nd round against second division Greuther Fürth, the Kraichgauer had to give up in the European Cup against an actually manageable opponent. TSG made it further than ever internationally, but in this constellation it should definitely have reached the round of 16. Due to the numerous injuries and corona-related failures, Hoffenheim has also dropped back into midfield and mediocrity in the league.

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"Of course you have to speak of a messed up season due to all the setbacks and impassability that have existed," said the 38-year-old, who had to struggle with many difficulties in his debut season in the upper house. But it does not release the remaining players and the sporting management from the mandatory responsibility of eliminating an opponent of Molde's collar size in two games.

"We will get up again this time"

Hoeneß knows that too. "It cannot be an option to somehow hide away, to expect pity or to fall into the role of victim. We are not and never have been. Despite one or the other blow in the neck, we got up again and again, and we will do that this time too." How much this weighs in the overall assessment of the coach on the part of the club officials remains to be seen. "That is not relevant to me right now and has no place in my thoughts. It was bitter that it came about, but the result is still there. We can't change that, we can change the future, that's what I'm dealing with."

The next challenge awaits at Union on Sunday. "It was not easy to fall asleep, it is normal after such a disappointment", revealed Hoeneß on Friday, "but I can feel the fighter in me again. The short-term goal must be to convert that into energy and fighting spirit and team spirit against Union to continue the recent positive Bundesliga trend before we talk about anything else. Everything else happens afterwards. "

Then the perspectives that remain for this season should be discussed. Which objectives are still realistic. But now it is important to shake off the frustration as quickly as possible. "We are not victims, we must quickly realize that it was our responsibility," says Hoeneß, "it is human to be disappointed, but it is also extremely important as a sportsman to realign yourself."

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