FC Augsburg 2 - 0 Hoffenheim

Match info: Bundesliga at Impuls Arena

Date: 23/11/2013 KO: 14:30 Ref: F Meyer Att: 27,855

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FC Augsburg

Halil Altintop 17,23



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  • Last Updated: November 22 2013, 11:04 GMT

Hoffenheim coach Markus Gisdol says his team are refreshed and ready to go again after the two-week international break.

Markus Gisdol: Thinks Hoffenheim are better for break
Markus Gisdol: Thinks Hoffenheim are better for break

After picking up five points from their first three games of the season, Hoffenheim have taken only seven from their last nine, losing three of their last four.

The break therefore came at just the right time, according to Gisdol, who expects them to hit the ground running against Augsburg on Saturday.

"They have been two good weeks for us," Gisdol said at a press conference. "We have more options in the team and it's almost as if I'm spoilt for choice."

Gisdol will be relying on forward Anthony Modeste to fire his side to victory in Bavaria, and he is not concerned by his five-game goalscoring drought. The former Bordeaux man hit six goals in his first seven games of the season.

"I don't look at the statistics much," Gisdol said. "I don't concern myself with the past. It's only a matter of time before he scores again.

"What's important for him is that he keeps his cool. I rate my forwards on how they work for the team, and he's working very well."

Gisdol also rates goalkeeper Koen Casteels highly, even if the Belgian has been beaten more than any other in the league this season - 28 times.

"Of course I would have preferred it if we had scored 28 and not conceded any, but we've got to be careful with our analysis," he said.

"He's only 21 and when I compare him to goalkeepers of the same age in the league and what big mistakes they have made, then I see that Koen hasn't done that.

"He has excellent ability. It's important he is given time to develop."

Who will be testing Casteels on Saturday remains unclear with Augsburg coach Markus Weinzierl torn between three different options for his attack.

With Sascha Molders yet to burst onto the scene this season, the form of Arkadiusz Milik for Poland Under-21s this week will not have gone unnoticed while Raul Bobadilla is now fully fit again and ready to make his mark.

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