Stanislawski slams 'amateur' Hoffenheim
Hoffenheim coach Holger Stanislawski slammed his side, claiming they were playing at amateur standards, after seeing them draw 2-2 with Augsburg yesterday. The former St Pauli coach harshly criticised his players after they let a 2-1 lead slip and risked losing the game to the side from the bottom of the table.
"Maybe we played 15 to 20 minutes well in the second half, but apart from that, there was no willingness from one or two players to stick to tactical things or show tactical discipline," he said. "When you are the coach, you take responsibility, but it makes you start to think. At times, our tackling was of a low-standard amateur football, and I am probably not doing amateur football justice when I say that."
The draw still leaves Hoffenheim six points above the relegation zone and only seven adrift of the top six, but Stanislawski says his team can forget about European football next season. "We are definitely in a relegation battle," he told Sky television. "There are no two ways about it.
"I don't have any will at all to make it out to be better than it is when it is so ugly. With our current performances, we are going to have trouble getting out of danger. If we play like this on Wednesday, it will not be enough in the DFB-Pokal."