Many missed opportunities, many goals conceded: TSG Hoffenheim’s season record can indeed be reduced to this common denominator. Sports director Rosen announced the consequences.
After the last home game of the season, frustrated professionals at TSG 1899 Hoffenheim stood in front of their fans with their heads held high. As it was their duty, they shot a few more balls at the crowd. Of course, the PR campaign couldn’t hide the fact that the North Baden Bundesliga soccer team had a lot to work from in the past few weeks in light of the meltdown. “Of course you have to do a more thorough analysis after the last round of the match,” said sporting director Alexander Rosen after the eighth match without a win in a row.
Round 2:4 (2:1) on Saturday in front of 20,033 spectators at Sinsheim was typical of a tour that will keep TSG officials around Rosen and coach Sebastian Hoeness busy for a long time. “Today’s defeat was the culmination of our negative streak. We are all very disappointed. The match was symbolic for the whole season,” said Christoph Baumgartner, after his last theoretical chance to qualify for the European Cup was missed.
Hoffenheim wants more quality in defence
After all, TSG took the lead twice thanks to the Austrian goal (36th minute) and Jorginho Reuter’s goal (22nd). When I conceded striker Patrick Schick (34/76), Moussa Diaby (73) and Lucas Alario (90+1), Hoffenheim’s defense looked very poor.
Hoeneß conceded 55 goals before their last game at Borussia Mönchengladbach – three more than second-placed Arminia Bielefeld. When asked if the defense was a major construction site, Rosen answered purposefully: “Bullshot!” This is the subject of a clear management analysis – ‘there must be more quality’.
Although TSG Hoffenheim threatens to bet on participating in the European Cup after six matches without a win, sporting director Alexander Rosen supports his coach Sebastian Hoeness.
Hoffenheim with many injuries
The defense has also repeatedly suffered from long-term absences, such as the absences of captain Benjamin Hubner and Ermin Bekicic. Florian Grelic, who will be leaving the club in the summer with an unknown destination, has also been absent recently. And that’s exactly where the following dilemma emerges: Even Rosen and Hoeness aren’t talking about the fact that the many injuries – like last season – are just fate or coincidence.
Rosen admitted: “Over the past three months, 30 or 40 percent of the team has just been eliminated. There are really a few open questions that urgently need decisive clarification.” It is understood that Hoeneß did not want to clarify the question of whether this could also have consequences for the medical department at the press conference.
Hoffenheim’s season record: ‘unsatisfactory’
Anyway, the bottom line is a disappointing balance sheet. Especially since sponsor Dietmar Hopp announced in the middle of the tour that his club should play internationally “permanently”. “We’ve outperformed by two-thirds this season,” Rosen said, recalling what happened in March, when TSG was still vying for a place in the Champions League. “And we have a third with a serious underperformance. Looking at the big picture, the drama is no longer anymore,” the 43-year-old added. “But we left the starting position and the opportunity we had.”
The eighth or ninth place in the table is, of course, “unsatisfactory”. In a way also symbolic of Hoffenheim’s year in the Bundesliga: Vice World Champion Andrej Kramaric, who still has only five goals, hit the empty goal when the score was 2:3. TSG usually had enough chances. The club recently extended the contract with the Croat, who was named captain by Hoeneß at the end of the season – which it did at the beginning of the year in the case of David Raum (until 2026). It is uncertain whether the national player will continue to play for Hoffenheim next season given his rapid development and lack of international prospects at Kraichgau. In any case, Rosen “cannot guarantee” the survival of the space.