Nagelsmann without fear of Klopps Reds
Hoffenheim will meet FC Liverpool with team manager Jürgen Klopp at his European Cup premiere. This was the result of the draw for the Champions League play-offs. When “Kloppo” came out of the box at 12 noon, Julian Nagelsmann was petrified at first, but shortly after that the coach of TSG Hoffenheim made the first cheeky challenge to Liverpool FC with team manager Jürgen Klopp. We’re not without chances,”commented Nagelsmann at the “Public Viewing” with journalists, commenting on the result of the play-off draw for the Champions League:”Liverpool was by far the strongest team in the pot. But I wouldn’t have liked to play against the SSC Naples,”said Nagelsmann:”If you want to win the Henkelpott, you have to beat every opponent anyway,” but the respect for the Hoffenheimers is also great in Liverpool,”It was clear that we wouldn’t get an easy game. Klopp, who called the Hoffenheim team a “consolidated Bundesliga team”, said Klopp, who also had a clear idea that he and Liverpool FC would meet the Bundesliga team Hoffenheim in the Champions League playoffs,”That’s exactly what I suspected when I saw the participants,” said Klopp after the draw on Friday: Nagelsmann knows his colleague from the eight-time European Cup winner and former English record champion well – both of them are with the same consulting agency,”We sign up now and then. I totally like him because he stayed normal. And I appreciate him as a coach,”said Nagelsmann, whose European Cup newcomer club was unlikely to play in the first leg on 15 March. August (from 8.45 pm) in Sinsheim, the return leg at Anfield Road will start on 23rd August. August. If the Hoffenheim team misses the group stage, they have to compete in the Europa League. The TSG would then have also had to pay the 12.7 million euros in entry fees,”The competition is not called Champions League for nothing. If you want to get in, you have to beat one of the best teams from Europe,”said Nagelsmann, who was wisely predicted to watch the Englishmen around the former TSG star Roberto Firmino at the past Audi Cup in Munich:” Jürgen Klopp plays the same football with Liverpool as with Dortmund – robbery football at a brutal pace in the offensive with Liverpool. Surprisingly, it was quite quiet – completely different than expected. There were hardly any fan chants,”said the 30-year-old, who sees Klopp’s return to Germany as a great opportunity for the association of majority shareholder Dietmar Hopp:”This means that we are in the focus of our attention. For the public perception of our club this is super.”So far, 4 out of 22 German teams have failed in the playoffs. If Hoffenheimers had occupied fourth place in the Bundesliga next season, they would automatically have entered the group stage. The reason for this is the reform of the European Football Union (UEFA) into a king’s class. The first four teams of the four best leagues will be seated for the group stage from the second next season onwards, with Kraichgau’s biggest handicap likely to be the departure of the two Confed Cup winners Sebastian Rudy and Niklas Süle to become record champions Bayern Munich. The international players were the two best TSG pros last season and leave big gaps – but the Hoffenheim team wants to sign a defensive midfielder before the playoffs.