Thursday, April 23, 2009

1899 looks to respond against Hertha Berlin

Stumbling throughout the Rückrunde with only a single win, 1899 Hoffenheim welcomes Hertha BSC to the Rhein-Neckar-Arena on Friday afternoon. Six points out of a Europa League spot with only six remaining matches, Ralf Rangnick has cast aside ideas of playing on the European stage saying "There's no sense in aiming for that kind of target any more". For the match he will have 'keeper Timo Hildebrand back but will miss Andreas Ibertsberger, Matthias Jaissle and Bosnia and Herzegovina international Vedad Ibišević to injury as well as Carlos Eduardo and Luiz Gustavo to suspension.