It will take more than a narrow DFB Cup defeat at the hands of 1. FC Köln to dampen the mood in the TSG 1899 Hoffenheim camp, according to influential defender Niklas Süle.
The Sinsheim club are unbeaten in the Bundesliga this season, and that is how the Germany international would like things to stay after the Matchday 9 clash with fellow surprise package Hertha Berlin on Sunday afternoon (kick-off: 15:30CET/14:30GMT)...
Watch: Highlights of Hoffenheim's crushing 3-0 win over Leverkusen:
bundesliga.com: Niklas Süle, the extra-time loss to 1. FC Köln in the second round of the DFB Cup was Hoffenheim's first competitive defeat of the season. What went wrong in the end?
Niklas Süle: Until the equaliser, we dominated the game and hardly gave Köln a chance to get into the game. We were doing a good job, but then [Marcel] Risse equalised with a stunning strike. We still had chances after going 2-1 down in extra time. Unfortunately we couldn't convert them. It's annoying to go out of the cup in this way.
"We want to maintain the upward trend we've shown in recent months."
bundesliga.com: Hoffenheim are unbeaten in the Bundesliga this season after eight matches. What makes the team so strong?
Süle: We have a game plan for each opponent that we're able to implement well. Last week, for example, we reacted well to Bayer 04 Leverkusen's system. We couldn't have been more deserving of the win. We want to build on that performance in the coming games.