Slomka explains Europe ambitions
Hannover coach Mirko Slomka has set his sights on Europe although he insists qualification for the UEFA Champions League is not his side's primary aim.
Yesterday's 2-0 win over Hoffenheim has kept the Lower Saxony club in third position in the Bundesliga, two points clear of Bayern Munich.
However, Slomka is more concerned about the advantage his side has over sixth-placed Nurnberg, which is currently eight points.
"I still think it is a bit exaggerated to talk about the Champions League, but we want to stay in the top five," he said.
"We have got to admit now that we are aiming for a place in the Europa League, even though we will continue to take things game by game.
"It makes us proud to have Bayern Munich behind us and we want to defend this position as long as possible.
"Our next game against [league leaders Borussia] Dortmund will show whether we are good enough for Europe yet."
Immediately after the final whistle at the Niedersachsen Stadion yesterday, the club announced that Christian Schulz, Sofian Chahed, Markus Miller and Karim Haggui had decided to extend their contracts at the cub.
"This is great news," added Slomka. "We want sustainable success and that can only happen with top players."