Hoffenheim defender Kevin Akpoguma insists the team is battle ready for Thursday’s Europa League clash against Belgian club KAA Gent, reports Completesports.com.
The Bundesliga club started their campaign in the competition with a 2-0 home win against Red Star Belgrade.
Gent on the other hand lost 1-0 to Slovan Liberec in their opening group game.
“You shouldn’t underestimate Liberec. They also have a strong team. But of course the result was a bit surprising. We know a situation like this from the Europa League. The group stage is always very balanced, so you can’t be blinded by the names. It is therefore important to collect points early in order to be more flexible in the return matches. ” Akpoguma told the club’s official website.
“Ghent is of course somewhat under pressure. I think the team will play forward and try to make the game offensive.
“That will suit us. We just have to take care of ourselves and get through our game. When we reach our limits, I am in good spirits that we can beat any team in this group. ”
Akpoguma also commented on the team’s busy schedule this season
“In the coming weeks it will be the art to regenerate in the days between games. You have to get as close to 100 percent as possible to avoid muscle injuries,”he added.
“So far we are doing very well with our plan and of course we hope that it will continue like this. “Copyright © 2020 Completesports.com All rights reserved. The information contained in Completesports.com may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed without the prior written authority of Completesports.com.