Summary

  • Hoffenheim finished last season in 15th, place above the drop zone.
  • Nagelsmann wants nothing to do with relegation this term.
  • Wagner, Vargas and Kramaric to shoulder goalscoring responsibilities.

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Big question

The main question for those of a Hoffenheim persuasion is whether young coach Julian Nagelsmann can continue the phenomenal success he enjoyed after taking over last season. The 29-year-old led the club to safety with plenty to spare and he has already made it clear that he will not countenance having to do the same again this season. "Of course we don't want to be relegated, but I'm not going to say that because that's not setting a target," he said recently.

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"I'm not going to accept 13th, 14th or 15th happily. I want as much success as possible, and that would be the title - although anyone with a bit of sense knows that'll be pretty tough. So far my tenure has been about picking up points, not so much about the development of the team. Now I can focus on that, and by doing this we will be more successful. We want to dominate the opposition more."

New faces

Sandro Wagner has joined Hoffenheim after scoring 14 goals for Darmstadt last season.

While the departures of key players Kevin Volland and Tobias Strobl could have hurt Hoffenheim, Nagelsmann has recruited well. Sandro Wagner and Andrej Kramaric (loan made permanent) can be expected to provide the goals, while Lukas Rupp, Kevin Vogt and Kerem Demirbay are solid additions in midfield.

Coach

Julian Nagelsmann is one of Germany's brightest young coaching talents.

The youngest ever Bundesliga coach, Nagelsmann – now 29 – was only 28 when he took the first-team reins in February 2016. Having kept Die Kraichgauer up in plenty of time, all the while playing an attacking, entertaining brand of football, the former defender will now turn his attention to a top-half finish this season.

Key man

Eduardo Vargas has finished as top scorer at the last two Copa Americas.

Eduardo Vargas offered a timely reminder of his talent by finishing top scorer with six goals as Chile won the Copa America Centenario this summer. Although he would have expected more from his first season in Germany, the versatile 26-year-old former SSC Napoli forward has more than enough talent to make the step up and fill the goalscoring boots of the departed Volland this term.

Key dates

Hoffenheim's season begins on home turf with a visit from RB Leipzig. Fixtures including opponents such as Mainz, Wolfsburg and Schalke follow before they travel to Bayer 04 Leverkusen on Matchday 8. Two weeks later the Sinsheimers face FC Bayern München at the Allianz Arena, before travelling to Borussia Mönchengladbach for the following away fixture.

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Home ground

The WIRSOL Rhein-Neckar Arena has a capacity of 30,150, and recently hosted the UEFA European Under-19 Championship final, France beating Italy 4-0.

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