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Usami blasts ´pathetic´ Hoffenheim

19 August 2012 15:30

Hoffenheim attacker Takashi Usami was aghast at his team's performance after their 4-0 loss at Berliner AK 07 in the DFB-Pokal.

The Japan under-23 international came on at half-time with Hoffenheim already trailing 3-0 in his first official appearance since the London Olympics.

He failed to score, while BAK's Metin Cakmak scored his second goal to lock up the result for the underdogs.

"We couldn't have done any worse," Usami said after the match.

"Nobody showed any awareness. It was pathetic. We lost the ball in easy spots and after we lost the ball we couldn't switch over to defence.

"All the backline did when a player broke through was wave for an offside call and not chase down."

The 45-minute appearance was an ominous debut for the 20-year-old, who hopes to earn a starting role at his new club after spending most of last season playing for the Bayern Munich reserves.

"At 3-0 we didn't have much of a chance to begin with," Usami said. "And then through our mistakes we let in a fourth goal... that goal really shook us.

"We absolutely have to start over and rebuild. All of us, myself included, need to remember the responsibility that comes with being professional footballers."

Hoffenheim will hope for a return to form when they open their Bundesliga campaign away at Borussia Moenchengladbach on Saturday.

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