Imperious Bayern Munich finally get tripped up … by another Hoeness | Andy Brassell

Since 2016-17, Hoffenheim have taken more points from Bayern than any other team. On Sunday, Sebastian Hoeness did it again

Rarely a day goes by on which the name isn’t in the sports pages, or is writing itself large over news reaction and discussion shows on television. “I don’t believe at all that the name opens doors,” said Sebastian Hoeness, the new head coach of Hoffenheim, in an interview with Rhein-Neckar-Zeitung last week. “Decision makers at this level [just] evaluate your work and something like that doesn’t influence them in one way or another.”

The nephew of Uli and Dieter’s son, the 38-year-old boss made his home debut in charge of the Sinsheim side on Sunday and couldn’t have wished for a better start. Bayern Munich arrived with the Super Cup in the bag from their victory on Thursday but despite their 32-game unbeaten run, the weight of the baggage from midweek felt too much. As their weary limbs creaked from Budapest, despite Hansi Flick’s freshening of the line-up – starting Robert Lewandowski and Leon Goretzka on the bench – they were picked apart by the team of a man who knows Bayern intimately, and even led their second team to the third tier title last season.

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