On Saturday afternoon, Hoffenheim host Bayern Munich. Because of the suspension to central-defender Kevin Vogt after picking up his fifth yellow card of the season against Schalke last weekend, André Breitenreiter has hinted that he could change system against Julian Nagelsmann’s side.
“There are actually several variants and options,” said Breitenreiter. “First and foremost we want to remain true to our principles. The basic order is not the most important thing. There are options to replace the position one-to-one, also to switch to a back four to bring another man into the centre. We’ll try out different variations in the final training session.”
Stanley Nsoki , Ozan Kabak , Kevin Akpoguma and Eduardo Quaresma are all available and during pre-season, Breitenreiter also experimented with Sebastian Rudy in a back three, which is another option for Saturday.
Speaking ahead of Saturday’s game, Breitenreiter praised the development of his side in recent weeks: “We want to build on our last few games, and even though our opponents at the weekend will possess a completely different quality on the pitch compared to Schalke, we want to move the process forward and perform courageously.
“The match will show how far along we are. The opponent will certainly draw our attention to things we still need to work on. We want to play inspiring football and be successful in front of a sold-out stadium.”
GGFN | Daniel Pinder