Hannover embarked on their second straight season in the Europa League this week with a 2-2 draw at Twente, Hoffenheim have yet to taste European football and, after three defeats in a row, they have never been further away from doing so since promotion to the top flight in 2006.
That is why Babbel knows his side must take a leaf out of Hannover's book if they are to finally reward themselves with three points this season.
"Hannover are something of a role model for us," he said. "They always manage to perform to their very best in every single game.
"We need to give 100% if we want to survive tomorrow [Sunday].
"We are going to have to avoid making any mistakes, otherwise they are going to be there ready to pounce lightning fast."
They have demonstrated that on seven occasions in their last two Bundesliga games and each time, Szabolcs Huszti was involved either with a goal or an assist.
His excessive celebrations following an acrobatic winner against Werder Bremen a week ago cost him a red card and a one-match ban, meaning the Reds must find another outlet for their goals.
Furthermore, Jan Schlaudraff is a doubt while Mame Diouf is still on the road to recovery, although a gamble could well be taken on him should Schlaudraff miss out.
"When I see Mame in training, I can see that I want him back soon," said Slomka to the Bild newspaper.
"It's possible that he is a candidate for Hoffenheim."
A return would come almost a month earlier than predicted following knee surgery in April, but desperate times may call for desperate measures.