Hoffenheim v Stuttgart

Babel embracing Bundesliga

March 16, 2012
By Andy Brassell
It still hurts. A touch late for our midday meeting after some treatment on a muscle injury, Ryan Babel says he feels "ready" for Friday's televised crucial clash with VfB Stuttgart. Yet that's not really the cause of residual soreness. Three days on from Hoffenheim's 7-1 humbling at Bayern Munich's Allianz Arena, collective pride is still stinging.

"We tried to stay deep and tried to make the spaces compact for them," Babel laments. "And we hoped it would be difficult for Bayern to play, ...

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