Bayer Leverkusen are the surprise leaders of the German Bundesliga, led by Spanish coach Xabi Alonso, and ahead of favorites Bayern Münich, however, they will face a Hoffenheim team that wants to surprise.
Under the guidance of United States coach Pellegrino Matarazzo, Hoffenheim is currently in sixth place in the German league standings with a record of six wins and three losses.
After becoming Julian Nagelsmann’s assistant in 2017 with the Hoffenheim team, Stuttgart hired him to be the team’s first coach in 2019, and fired him in October 2022 after a record of 31 wins, 29 draws and 40 losses. .
“I’m happy with how we started the season. “I think if we beat Frankfurt, it would be a good start,” he said in an interview he gave earlier this week to ESPN.
Not closing the doors to the United States
Matarazzo is the only American-born coach among the elite of European soccer. This leaves him as a candidate to replace Gregg Berhalter in the national team, something he has not ruled out.
“I think for me now club football is on the field every day, working with the players every day, where the learning curve is also the highest. But at the same time, parallel to everything, I am always open to exchange ideas with anyone who is looking for something from me. I am always looking to contribute to US soccer. Maybe at some point (lead the national team). There is something that connects me to the country, not only my family, but my entire education,” he told Fútbol Américas.
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