It hangs on HSV like a curse: since being relegated from the Bundesliga, the “Red Pants” have always finished fourth in the second division final. Nobody among the Hamburg fans likes to think that it could turn out like this again. A few weeks ago, nobody believed that more was possible.
In their final sprint with four wins in a row, coach Walter’s team wants to put the icing on the cake with another three-pointer on matchday 34. A win today at Hansa Rostock (3.30 p.m., in the NDR Live Center with full audio report) would ensure participation in the relegation, because the pursuer from Darmstadt, who is tied on points, has a goal difference that is nine goals worse. If Werder Bremen lost against Regensburg at the same time, HSV could even jump to second place and go straight up.
Walter expects “no red carpet” in Rostock
Everything is still possible, but Walter doesn’t want to abuse his team in the season finale with the table constellation. “First of all, we have to do our job on Sunday. We can’t influence everything else anyway and it’s currently outside my area of interest,” said the trainer on Friday.
“I’ve decided to play Santa Claus this year. So I’m trying to keep it growing.”
Tim Walter when asked if he would sacrifice his beard if promoted
The task in the sold-out Ostseestadion will be difficult enough. HSV is a favorite. but the northern rivals, already assured of relegation, have been saying for days that they are unwilling to give up the game. Walter also “doesn’t expect a red carpet or that we’ll get anything for free. We’ll throw everything in and want to stand up to the task. You become a coach and work in sports for that thrill.”
relegation? “Unlaid Eggs”
Walter was still covered, who was the last strong Finn Anssi Suhonen (broken fibula) will replace him. The coach also did not want to go into a possible relegation opponent. “We can’t buy anything for unlaid eggs,” he said. “I’m only interested in the game in Rostock, that’s the only thing we can influence ourselves.”
Hertha BSC has been 16th in the table since Saturday afternoon. in the Bundesliga. HSV would therefore meet the capital club, which is coached by HSV legend Felix Magath. The relegation will be played on May 19th and 23rd. Kick-off would be at 8:30 p.m. each day. The second division contender has home rights in the second leg.
“Klette” Lieberknecht hopes for something extraordinary
When Werder does its homework, the thriller takes place about the relegation place between HSV and Darmstadt, who have the same number of points and receive SC Paderborn. “Lilien” coach Torsten Lieberknecht knows, of course, that he has the worst cards in his hand, but: “We are still – perhaps unfortunately for many – up there as a burr,” he said. He hopes for “extraordinary things”.
Hansa coach Härtel: “Almost like a cup game”
So also to the Rostockers. Hansa coach Jens Härtel is full of respect for HSV’s race to catch up: “A lot is possible for Hamburg, more than in recent years. That’s a big boost in motivation,” he said. But the Rostockers don’t like to stand tall in their own house. “We want to make our fans happy, that’s the priority,” said Härtel. “It’s nice that there’s excitement in the game, that’s what you wish for. It’s almost like a cup match.”
Injured Becker celebrated at Schalke
Despite a few failures, the Mecklenburgers can practically tackle the game with the best players. Only the injured Timo Becker is missing from the successful eleven of the past few weeks. Hansa would like to sign the defender, who was loaned out by Schalke 04 during the winter break. “But the promotion and his performance have not increased our chances,” Hartel regretted.
The 25-year-old Becker had fought for a regular place in the Hanseatic defense right away – and recently made headlines because after being substituted in Ingolstadt last weekend due to injury, he jetted to Gelsenkirchen to join the “Knappen” for promotion to the Bundesliga celebrate. “He’s a youngster from Schalke, grew up there and is under contract with Schalke. We couldn’t deny him the promotion there,” said Härtel. However, the Rostockers already want to prevent an HSV party in the Ostseestadion.
Hansa: Kolke – Riedel, Malone, Rossbach, Neidhart – Fröde, Rhine – Duljevic, Ingelsson, Sikan – Verhoek
HSV: Heuer Fernandes – Heyer, Vuskovic, Schonlau, Muheim – Meffert – Reis, Kinsombi – Jatta, Glatzel, Kittel
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