Hoffenheim coach Pellegrino Matarazzo is feeling the pressure to win just five weeks after taking office in Kraichgau. The team is yet to win a game, and with Hoffenheim residing at the bottom of the table since last week, it’s becoming more urgent for them to start winning soon. A must-win game against Hertha BSC is coming up, and Matarazzo must secure a victory if he intends to keep his job.
Matarazzo is aware of the gravity of the situation and has taken the upcoming game as if it would be his last. He puts pressure on himself to succeed and focuses merely on putting the team back on the road to success. He is motivated and believes that great moments can only come from great challenges.
Despite the pressure, Matarazzo tries to remain confident in his team’s ability to help them avoid relegation. The coach believes that the team’s full confidence will help them turn the situation around. Hoffenheim has not won in 14 Bundesliga games and has experienced the longest dry spell under Matarazzo’s leadership—the last time Matarazzo won was ten months ago with VfB Stuttgart against Cologne.
Matarazzo acknowledges that the team’s recent defeats have been close and that they need the same virtues and team spirit as in the last game. The team has to keep the pressure on the opponent and maintain the same energy and willingness to succeed. Kevin Vogt, Sebastian Rudy, and Christoph Baumgartner will be available for the project, but Ozan Kabak will be missing due to yellow-red lock.
Matarazzo is considering giving Andrej Kramaric a new chance, who was only on the bench at 1:2 in Freiburg. The coach believes that Kramaric can help them stay up; he trusts that he can shoot them to victory.
In conclusion, Hoffenheim’s coach is aware of the consequences should they fail to win against Hertha BSC. A win is necessary for the team and Matarazzo to avoid relegation and keep his job. The team must keep their energy and willingness to succeed to gain the much-needed victory.