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Its name more or less means ”hope at home” and even though they’ve had a few up-and-down seasons, it seems like the club is still hopeful of a new rise to the top half of the table.
Last season, it looked dire and depressing. The team struggled to cope without Firmino in attack and their defence faltered a few times too many. Therefore, the actual outcome of the season was a surprising one to say the least as they finished the season on a high after appointing the very young Nagelsmann as head coach. This lead to hope and prosperity at the club once again and Hoffenheim looked exciting. Their young exhillerating prospects played well and everything looked great for the club from Neckar. Funnily enough, their horrible first half of the season actually lead to a few new young players showing their actual great potential and players like Uth and Amiri were prominent in their rise back from the relegation spots, the exact ones my beloved Eintracht barely escaped.
However good the ending of last season was and however horrible the first part of it was das ist uns egal, as you say in German. It really doesn’t matter anymore. New season, new table, new teams and new expectations and even more so for the club from Sinsheim, the very one surprising everyone with their turnaround during the last few months of yesterseason. How likely it might even seem that Hoffenheim will begin its rise back and how unlikely it might even be that they're relegated come May, this season and whatever it brings is an important one for Nagelsmann’s younglings. Having lost their best attacker for the second season in a row, what can they do to prevent the horrors of last season from happening again? Volland will be sorely missed, without a shadow of a doubt, but do they have the quality needed to stay up even without him?
I personally do not think so. Sure, Amiri and Uth are exciting prospects and both might move to a big club in a few years, but none of them are actually good or experienced enough to carry Hoffenheim’s attack through a whole season while their defence keeps on faltering. The latter is of course of as great importance for Hoffenheim as they can’t allow to concede as many goals as they did last season. Sure, TSG were fun to watch but not for the right reasons if you’re a Hoffenheim loyal and therefore their defence needs strenthening, even though that's a bad choice of words, due to their actual quality in defence. Having lost Strobl to Mönchengladbach, it looks like a hard task to handle, but both Süle and Schär have proved themselves at this level before. One could assume that Hoffenheim will be able to keep Niklas Süle for one more year at least and they will have to squeeze the best out of him to actually keep tight at the back.
If Hoffenheim’s defence starts to work again, their attack won't have to carry the team throughout the season, which will lead to both Uth and Amiri being able to develop naturally. This might just lead to Hoffenheim finding that team spirit to surprise us all again, even though most German football fans wouldn’t like that to happen due to their financial history. We have no idea what this season will lead to for Hoffenheim. However, as a football fan, and I know this following sentence will soon be a rhyme,I hope there’s still Hope at the Heim.
Key player: Oliver Baumann, one of the best and most underrated goalkeepers in Bundesliga.
Surprise player: Nadiem Amiri, this season will be his.
Falk's prediction: 16th, play-off and stay up from a sensational 86th minute strike from Nadiem Amiri.
Ali's prediction: 14th, thanks mainly to the youthful coaching talent of Nagelsmann
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