Preview - Hoffenheim vs Schalke 24 Sep

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Hoffenheim vs Schalke

Age is no barrier in the Bundesliga as this clash will bring the Bundesliga's youngest tacticians on the touchline. Hoffenheim's Julian Nagelsmann is just 30, and Schalke's Domenico Tedesco, two years older. In fact, a third of Bundesliga coaches are not yet 40! On Wednesday, Mark Uth's injury-time strike secured a remarkable turnaround 3-2 win for Hoffenheim at Mainz. Victory has come at a cost though as Kerem Demirbay misses out with a torn muscle fibre. Serge Gnabry is in line to feature against Schalke, where five of their seven league goals have come from set-pieces. Schalke are the only club to have inflicted a home defeat on Nagelsmann as Hoffenheim coach. That was back on Matchday 34 of the 2015/16 season.

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Match Stats:

  • Hoffenheim 2-0 Schalke
  • Shots: 10-13
  • Possession: 43%-57%
  • Corner kicks: 0-5


Julian Nagelsmann won the battle of the Bundesliga's youngest coaches on Matchday 6, his Hoffenheim side narrowly edging out Domenico Tedesco's impressive Schalke at the Wirsol Rhein-Neckar-Arena.

After an enterprising start, Nagelsmann's Hoffenheim took a deserved, early lead. Havard Nordtveit had already drawn a superb save from Ralf Fährmann by the time Dennis Geiger fired into the bottom corner to put the hosts ahead. Tedesco's Schalke responded well to going behind, however, and dominated proceedings before the break: cutting in from the flanks, both Amine Harit and Yevhen Konoplyanka drew good saves Oliver Baumann.

Schalke continued in positive fashion after the restart, Konoplyanka hitting the bar in the 49th minute. Nagelsmann responded by introducing Sandro Wagner in an attempt to change his side's tactics, but little could stem the Royal-Blue tide. Harit was everywhere for the visitors, who went close through substitute Guido Burgstaller and Naldo before time was up. Ultimately, though, as Schalke threw everything forward, Hoffenheim struck on the break, Lukas Rupp sealing the win.

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