Hannover boss Mirko Slomka has admitted that his side have very little chance of securing a European qualification place after a scoreless draw with Stuttgart in the Bundesliga on Sunday.
The draw leaves his side in ninth place in the standings with six games left to play.
“We need not have any European ambitions anymore,” he told LIGA total! Television.
“We had the chance to move closer [to the top six] in front of 46,000 fans, but it was a fully deserved point for Stuttgart and a disappointing one for us.”
Hannover have just one win from their past five games, and their poor run has seen both Mainz and Borussia Monchengladbach pass them in the standings, while Nurnberg have drawn level.
But despite their place in the standings, only a four-point gap exists between them and the fifth and sixth place Europa League qualification spots, currently held by Freiburg and Eintracht Frankfurt.
“We have got to play in a different way to this,” said the former Schalke manager. “The first half could have put me to sleep.”
Hannover will next travel to Freiburg on Friday.