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‘Fourth would be fatal’

Hoeneß on this season and beyond

After Saturday’s 2-2 draw in Hoffenheim, Uli Hoeneß headed not for Munich but for Mainz, where he was the star guest on ZDF’s popular sportstudio magazine show. Among other topics, Hoeneß discussed the crunch last day showdown with Stuttgart, Jürgen Klinsmann, Louis van Gaal, and other decisions relating to personnel at the club. reviews the general manager’s statements.

Uli Hoeneß on…

…the last-day clash against Stuttgart: “We’re totally focused on VfB Stuttgart. What happens in Wolfsburg is in the lap of the gods. We have to concentrate 100 percent on our direct rivals, who are contesting second place with us. Fortunately, it’s in our own hands. A win would seal second place. It’ll be all about strong nerves. Both could still win the league, both could still qualify directly for the Champions League in second, but both are in danger of slipping to fourth – and that would be fatal.”

…his take on the season: “We’ve more or less hit our targets in Europe this year. We made the Champions League quarter-finals, which hasn’t been the case for years. But our priority is always the Bundesliga, and we’re way short of expectations there. We’ve never looked as commanding as we did last term, when we dominated the Bundesliga with a team that was certainly no better than the current one. So there are areas for criticism, when we’ve failed to dominate, despite fielding the same or even arguably a slightly better team.”

…Jürgen Klinsmann: “Jürgen Klinsmann is not solely to blame. But one thing has to be said: we cannot be satisfied with the results of his work. We remain of the opinion that the material we provided for the coach was better than the results achieved with it. We certainly hoped for more when we hired Jürgen Klinsmann.”