The Bavarians want to fuel their self-confidence with a home win against Ajax, while world soccer player Modric is challenged at Reals’ guest appearance in Moscow.
Sinsheim/Munich /Turin – Manchester City are already under pressure in the Champions League following their 2-1 home defeat at the start. On Tuesday evening, England’s champions will make a guest appearance at the German Bundesliga club Hoffenheim; anything but a victory would be a disappointment for the team of successful coach Pep Guardiola. But City will have to get by without his stricken goalscorer Sergio Aguero.
Hoffenheim coach Julian Nagelsmann, of course, has a “basic idea” of how he wants to play Guardiola. “Nevertheless, it will of course be extremely difficult to win against this ensemble,” the 31-year-old stressed. After all, City is one of the few teams “where the squad value goes up to over a billion”.
Two ÖFB kickers against ManCity
Nagelsmann, in whose starting eleven the two ÖFB legionnaires Stefan Posch and Florian Grillitsch are expected, nevertheless dreams of the sensation: “If we should win, which of course we also try to do in this game, it would have great significance.” Hoffenheim would also have four points in Group F after 2-2 with Ukrainian champions Schachtar Donezk.
“There will be a lot going on, I think. It’s a huge team with an incredibly good coach. I think it will be one of the most interesting games since TSG Hoffenheim has existed,” Hungarian TSG attacker Adam Szalai predicted in front of the firecracker against the “Citizens”. “Pep Guardiola has a plan and doesn’t come here to play a draw. And who knows Julian Nagelsmann, knows that it will be a tactical highlight for every fan.” But the Hoffenheim coach’s hands are a bit tied, especially on the defensive the personnel situation is precarious.
Ádám Szalai Honours
- Young Hungarian Player of The Year: 2008
- Bundesliga Player of the Month: December 2012
- Hungarian Player of The Year: 2011, 2012
Müller: “Reality has caught up with us”
Bayern Munich also missed their dress rehearsal for the Champions League home match at Hertha BSC Berlin on Friday evening with a score of 0:2 against Ajax Amsterdam and lost the Bundesliga table lead to Borussia Dortmund with the second match without a win en suite. In the premier class, ÖFB star David Alaba and Co. will now regain their self-confidence and, after a 2-0 start success at Benfica Lisbon, take the next step towards victory in Group E, which Ajax currently leads after a 3-0 win over AEK Athens. “A week ago, you had the impression we were invincible. Now reality has caught up with us a bit,” said Bayern veteran Thomas Müller.
In Group H, the Young Boys from Bern (with Thorsten Schick in the squad), who are superior at the top in the domestic championship without losing any points, are waiting for their next mammoth task after their 3-0 home defeat against Manchester United with a guest appearance at Italy’s serial champion Juventus Turin. However, “Juve” is missing superstar Cristiano Ronaldo, who was excluded from the 2-0 victory in Valencia. Players will be pleased to discover a great range of games available at Loony Bingo.
Real without Ramos and Bale
Defending champion Real Madrid will play in Group G with Russian runners-up ZSKA Moscow. After the 3-0 home win over AS Roma, Luka Modric, who was awarded the title as world footballer last week, will be particularly challenged this time, as not only Real captain Sergio Ramos, but also striker star Gareth Bale did not travel to Russia because of a groin wessur. For the 33-year-old, it is also a return to the scene of the World Cup final, which he lost 2-4 against France with Croatia two and a half months ago. This time “Lukita” wants to leave the Luschniki Stadium as the winner.