Wiese not to blame – Babbel
Hoffenheim coach Markus Babbel has defended Tim Wiese after
watching his goalkeeper concede 15 goals in the first four games of
Babbel came in for criticism from supporters over the summer
when he signed Wiese from Werder Bremen and sold fans’ favourite
Tom Starke to Bayern Munich.
The backlash intensified following Sunday’s 5-3 Bundesliga
defeat to Freiburg – Hoffenheim’s fourth straight defeat – but
Babbel says the Germany international is not the sole culprit for
his side’s early-season woes.
“Enough already – that is not the problem,” Babbel said when
asked if Wiese was to blame. “We should have scored five or six
“What annoys me the most are the two set-pieces. We had numerous
chances which we did not use.
“When I see the way [Freiburg forward Cedric] Makiadi is stood
there all alone, that is totally unnecessary. We have got to get
rid of these silly little mistakes.”
Those mistakes have led to Hoffenheim losing every competitive
game they have played this term – yet, as Babbel acknowledged, it
could have been even worse.
“In the end, we have got to be happy that we did not lose by a
greater margin,” he continued. “We could easily have conceded a
sixth or seventh goal.”
Freiburg coach Christian Streich was happy that a gamble had
paid off, on the other hand, as they picked up their first win of
the season after changing to a more attacking system.
“We decided that we will take a big risk against Hoffenheim, and
you can see that a bit in the result,” he said.
“We were the lucky ones in the end. The team played courageously
and the result is nice.”