On the game: TSG Hoffenheim had a difficult time against Würzburg in their DFB-Pokal opener. Despite a comfortable 2-0 lead, Alfred Schreuder’s team were pegged back and eventually needed penalties to progress to the second round. This was followed by an opening-day defeat against Frankfurt, in which they went behind after just 37 seconds – the quickest goal they’ve conceded in their Bundesliga history. But Werder are fully aware of TSG’s quality, as Davy Klaassen, Jiri Pavlenka and now Kohfeldt have all emphasised. "They have an exciting way of playing football. Their playing style has developed over the last few years," believes coach Kohfeldt, who expects a tense match.
The last meeting: Hopes of Europe had faded and been almost banished from the minds of most of the players. Only a win in Sinsheim on the penultimate day of the season would keep Werder mathematically in the race for a Europa League spot. But not only did Kohfeldt’s men have to face a team of Champions League calibre, it was also the final TSG home game for the departing head coach Julian Nagelsmann. But none of that fazed Werder, who took the lead through Johannes Eggestein in the 24th minute and withstood all pressure, not least thanks to a fine goalkeeping display from Jiri Pavlenka, to take all three points back home and keep the flicker of hope alive. A repeat performance on matchday two would certainly go down a treat.