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Besieged Hoffenheim are preparing for a crisis meeting with coach Breitenreiter

origin 1Hoffenheim’s coach Andre Breitenreiter is pictured during the German Bundesliga soccer match between VfL Bochum and TSG 1899 Hoffenheim at the Vonovia Ruhrstadion. Indian song by David/dpa

Hoffenheim were due to hold a crisis meeting with beleaguered manager Andre Breitenreiter on Sunday in the wake of a 5-2 Bundesliga collapse in Bochum that sent them into the relegation fight.

Sources at the club told Dpa that the match could decide Breitenreiter’s future after 10 games without a win.

Sporting director Alexander Rosen and the management met last Sunday to discuss the crisis, with Hoffenheim just three points above the danger zone.

Breitenreiter arrived in the summer after guiding Z├╝rich to the Swiss league title. Hoffenheim started the season well but has now faded dramatically and their ambitions to play in Europe are effectively over.

The manager had criticized the team after the heavy defeat in Bochum, saying: “I can’t accept what I saw today. It has nothing to do with professional football.”

Rosen acknowledged that a look at the bigger picture rather than Breitenreiter may be needed, while midfielder Sebastian Rudy said “we have to stick together as a team, it’s not the manager’s fault.”

origin 1Bochum’s Erhan Masovic (L) celebrates his side’s fourth goal with teammate Kevin Stoeger during the German Bundesliga soccer match between VfL Bochum and TSG 1899 Hoffenheim at the Vonovia Ruhrstadion. David Inderlied/dpa
origin 1Hoffenheim fans set off pyrotechnic displays during the German Bundesliga soccer match between VfL Bochum and TSG 1899 Hoffenheim at the Vonovia Ruhrstadion. Indian song by David/dpa
origin 1Bochum’s Christopher Antwi-Adjei (L) and Hoffenheim’s Ozan Kabak battle for the ball during the German Bundesliga soccer match between VfL Bochum and TSG 1899 Hoffenheim at Vonovia Ruhrstadion. Indian song by David/dpa