2 - 0
(0 - 0)
⚽ L. Jae-Sung (79), ⚽ M. Niakhate (83)
Meanwhile, Hoeneß' opposite member noted that he already trusted one of his new additions quite a bit.
Richards--irrefutably one of the team's best defensive leaders--shall certainly count as a tough loss. Hoeneß nevertheless made it clear that he entertained no thoughts about throwing Richards' fellow US international Justin Che into the mix immediately.
"For him, a spot in the starting XI simply comes too early," Hoeneß noted at his Thursday presser, "He hasn't had enough practice and I'd be doing him no favors by throwing him in."
Hoeneß noted that U23 players Noah König and Gabriel Haider had trained with the senior team during the break and were ready if need be. A change to the normal back-three seems likely, particularly with Hoeneß emphasizing the need to "get creative and adapt" when speaking to reporters.
In terms of the Hoffenheim's opponent, it's not very likely at all that Bo Svensson of FSV Mainz 05 plans on throwing new acquisition Delano Burgzorg into the XI immediately. The Mainzer trainer nevertheless dropped strong hints that the Dutchman may make an appearance off the bench.
"I trust him a lot already," Svensson noted in his parallel press conference, "Watching him this week in training, I can see how he will help us a lot. In terms of the total package, we don't have a similar player."