Julian Nagelsmann (l.) oversaw his first win as Hoffenheim head coach as his side beat Mainz on Saturday afternoon. - © © gettyimages / Matthias Hangst / Staff
Julian Nagelsmann (l.) oversaw his first win as Hoffenheim head coach as his side beat Mainz on Saturday afternoon. - © © gettyimages / Matthias Hangst / Staff
Bundesliga

Nagelsmann inspiring hope of Hoffenheim survival

On the evidence of their last two matches, there is plenty of life yet in TSG 1899 Hoffenheim under new coach Julian Nagelsmann.

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After a 1-1 draw away at relegation rivals SV Werder Bremen last weekend, Hoffenheim beat 1. FSV Mainz 05 3-2 on Saturday to seal a first win of 2016 and climb to within two points of 16th-placed Bremen.

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Suddenly, there is genuine optimism at the WIRSOL Rhein-Neckar Arena that the club will be able to prolong their eight-year stay in Germany's top flight. That is in large part down to the 28-year-old Nagelsmann, the Bundesliga's youngest ever top-flight head coach, already making quite an impact with his new charges.

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"There was a lot of Nagelsmann in this victory," said striker Kevin Volland in his post-match interview, Andrej Kramaric adding: "The coach just told us to go forward and enjoy ourselves. The fans were right behind us and we managed to do that."

If it ain't broke...

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The game followed a similar pattern to the type of encounter that has come to symbolise Hoffenheim as a top-flight side in recent seasons: a young team concedes an early goal before responding with fast, exciting football and eventually holding on for a somewhat nervy win after letting in a second goal late on.

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