Ghent (AP) – In Belgium, which has been seriously shaken by the corona crisis, TSG 1899 Hoffenheim is taking on the next challenge on the international stage.
At KAA Gent, the Bundesliga team is aiming for a second victory in the second group match on Thursday (6:55 PM / DAZN) without spectators. The Kraichgauer have never won the European Cup away. Given the circumstances of the pandemic, trainer Sebastian Hoeneß “doesn’t want to complain. We strive to be as successful as possible.”
In terms of population, Belgium, along with the Czech Republic, is one of the countries of the European Union most affected by the pandemic. The company Hoffenheim now wants to “implement the hygiene concept very consistently”, as Hoeneß said.
His team flew to Ghent on Wednesday as expected without goalscorer Andrej Kramaric. The Croatian World Cup runner-up from 2018 – just like his teammate Kasim Adams – tested positive for the corona virus. Like Pavel Kaderabek, who has a family business, the two were quarantined. “Hopefully they will be released from quarantine in the next few days,” said Hoeneß. You have to see “where they are after a two week break. We won’t chase them in anything.”
The 2-0 victory over Roter Stern Belgrade gave TSG the lead for the first time in group L. Gent lost 1-0 to Slovan Liberec in the Czech Republic. The 2015 Belgian champion scored four points in the preliminary round against VfL Wolfsburg last season. With the two ex-Heidenheimers Niklas Dorsch and Tim Kleindienst, the “Buffalos” have two Germans in their team.