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

the season.

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.”