No pressure at Hoffenheim, says Szalai

TSG 1899 Hoffenheim striker Adam Szalai says the pressure will be firmly on fellow Champions League hopefuls Borussia Dortmund for Saturday’s Bundesliga match at the Signal Iduna Park.

With five league matches to play, Hoffenheim are in third spot with 58 points, five points behind second-placed Leipzig.

Dortmund are forth, on 57 points, with Hertha a distant fifth (46 points).

A top three finish would secure automatic qualification for the Champions League next season, and ahead of their crunch encounter with Dortmund, Szalai says the mood in the camp is very positive.

“This will be an interesting fixture,” he told the league’s website. “In my opinion, the pressure is more on Dortmund than us.

“We’ve had a very good season so far and met a few goals, but we want to get as many points as possible from the final games and achieve as much as possible.

“We have developed a good sense of self-confidence this season. If you look at our games, then you can quickly recognise in our body language how we’ll approach the coming games.

“We don’t need to hide away in Dortmund. We want to push through our way of playing and implement the coach’s plan,” the striker stated.

Szalai, in his second spell at the club, is hoping his team have picked up a good habit of late.

“We have also improved so that we can now turn games in our favour in the closing stages, like we’ve done in the last two games with late goals,” he explained.

“I’m pleased that the last few weeks have gone so well for me, but I can’t be happy because being happy means playing every game and helping the team every weekend with my performances. I’m working on that every day,” he added.