Hoffenheim 2 - 3 Hertha Berlin

Match info: Bundesliga at Rhein-Neckar Arena

Date: 09/11/2013 KO: 14:30 Ref: D Aytekin Att: 25,078

Home team/scorers Scores Away team/scorers

Hoffenheim

Sejad Salihovic 70,81

2
vs
3

Hertha

Anis Ben-Hatira 13
Adrian Ramos 53,84

FT (ht: 0-1)

  • Last Updated: November 8 2013, 14:15 GMT

Hertha Berlin coach Jos Luhukay is trying to fathom a way of breaking Hoffenheim's potent attacking triangle this Saturday.

Anthony Modeste: In fine form for Hoffenheim this season
Anthony Modeste: In fine form for Hoffenheim this season

Kevin Volland, Anthony Modeste and Roberto Firmino have accounted for more than two-thirds of Hoffenheim's 26 goals so far this season and keeping them out of the game would go a long way to securing something in Sinsheim.

"Hoffenheim have three players who have been good for 18 goals so far," said the Dutch coach. "We've got to keep control of these players for the full 90 minutes."

That would be part of the job. The other half would then come at the other end of the field where, aside from scoring six on the opening day of the season, Hertha have regularly been found wanting.

"In order to reward ourselves for our efforts, we need to show more efficiency when it comes to taking our chances," added Luhukay.

That has not been a concern for the league's top scorers who, at the same time, have conceded more than any other team in the top flight so far this season.

A change to their approach is not on the agenda for their coach Markus Gisdol, who wants Hoffenheim to "play to our strengths" again this Saturday.

"Of course a home win would be nice, but our priority has got to be to fulfil our duties on the field, and then we have every chance of winning," said Gisdol, who also praised his side's opponents.

"They are giving a very good impression and they are a team everybody respects. You don't win any game in the Bundesliga just like that."

Fabian Johnson is back in training for Hoffenheim - but it is still too soon for him to make a return - while Sebastian Rudy is a small doubt.


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