Bundesliga

Wiese hits back at critics

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Thu, 11 Oct 2012 11:56:00

Former Germany goalkeeper Tim Wiese has hit back at the criticism he has received since joining Hoffenheim in the summer.

The 30-year-old was an unpopular signing among the Hoffenheim faithful when he arrived on a free transfer from Werder Bremen and he did little to win over the doubters as he conceded 15 goals in his first four games.

That only further frustrated fans unhappy to see Tom Starke demoted and offloaded to Bayern Munich.

A groin injury ruled Wiese out of Hoffenheim's last four games, a spell which coincided with their best form of the season with two wins and a draw.

However, he is now back in training and set to return to the first team against Greuther Furth on October 19, and he is keen to prove the critics wrong.

"I have played over 300 games, of which maybe five were poor," he said. "My God, that's only normal.

"I will try to do better. There was criticism from every angle and it starts to get to you.

"But like I say, I have so many games under the belt that I think it is only normal for some of them not to be the best."

Wiese also defended his playing style which came in for criticism from his former club's director of sport Klaus Allofs, who said the decision to let Wiese go and focus on Sebastian Mielitz was due to the youngster's "modern" way of getting more involved in the game.

"What is the modern school and old school anyway?" asked Wiese in an interview with Kicker magazine.

"These concepts mean nothing to me. It's just something that journalists dream up."

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