Hünemeier: "We're still in with a chance"

A two-year spell at Brighton & Hove Albion aside, Uwe Hünemeier has been at SC Paderborn since 2013. The 34-year-old has helped the East Westphalians to two promotions, but was also relegated from the top flight with the club in 2015. In an interview with, Hünemeier discussed Paderborn's chances of staying up, Bundesliga games behind closed doors and Hoffenheim's strengths.

Uwe, the Bundesliga's been up and running again since last Saturday. How did it feel to be playing behind closed doors for the first time?

"It's different. The external emotions are missing, which in some cases can play a decisive role in a match. That said, we were naturally delighted to finally be able to get back on the pitch."

You drew 0-0 away to Fortuna Düsseldorf, one of your direct rivals in the fight against relegation. How do you assess that result?

"It wasn't a good performance from us on the whole and so we ultimately have to live with the point – even though we'd been hoping for considerably more."

What was it like to finally be back on the pitch for a competitive match after a break of over two months?

"We play football because we want to be on the pitch. Obviously it's under different circumstances. But it's what's possible at present and we want to make the most of it."

There is currently a six-point gap separating you from 16th place in the table, and you're 10 points from 15th place. What makes you optimistic that you can still beat the drop?

"Not much has changed in that sense compared to the last matchday, except for the fact we now have one game fewer remaining. None of the teams towards the bottom of the table won, which means we're still in with a chance. We're clearly focused on what lies ahead."

On Saturday you'll be hosting TSG Hoffenheim. What kind of game are you expecting?

"TSG are a strong footballing side that like to play and, accordingly, to create chances. Games involving Hoffenheim are never boring because the team always have an attacking mindset."

You missed the reverse fixture due to an injury. But do you have any memories of that 3-0 defeat?

"As a spectator, I don't have fond memories of the reverse fixture as we didn't really have a chance. We'll prepare ourselves for this match well so that we have significantly better chances of getting something tangible."

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