Tim Walter has to put up with criticism after the missed promotion of Hamburger SV. Borna Sosa from VfB Stuttgart meanwhile raises allegations against HSV professionals.
After the 3-0 defeat in the first leg, Hamburger SV also lost the second leg against VfB Stuttgart 3-1 and thus failed in the relegation for the second time in a row. The North Germans are thus entering their sixth second division season.
Nevertheless, HSV is sticking with coach Walter, who is still under contract on the Elbe until 2024. “Of course,” said club board member Jonas Boldt when asked whether Walter would also be the coach on the first day of training for the new season: “We have built a foundation that is very, very good for the club. That doesn’t mean that everything is perfect. But a lot of things worked really well.”
“Continuity is still the best thing in football and I can see that the audience has a great connection to Tim Walter. So the bottom line is that there is a lot to be said for continuing with him. I have nothing against that,” he said former HSV manager Heribert Bruchhagen sky.
However, the 74-year-old then harshly criticized Walter: “I would only like it if Walter took a little back. I don’t like the exaggerated self-portrayal on the sidelines. You don’t have to comment on every throw-in, constantly complaining about the referee and the spectators with gestures to join in. Sometimes I have the impression that Walter believes that 54,000 people came to the Volksparkstadion because of him. The way he presents himself is completely exaggerated. When I then see that a circle is formed, a journalist who wants to film and then is sent away, then I ask myself: why don’t they do it in the dressing room? There are a lot of things that detract from the sporting performance.”
Borna Sosa: HSV professionals “said shit for 90 minutes”
In the second leg against Stuttgart, the atmosphere between the two teams was quite heated at times. VfB professional Borna Sosa blamed the Hamburg players for this.
“Some HSV players said shit to me and our whole team for 90 minutes. There were a lot of players, I don’t want to name their names,” said the Croatian international sky: “We are a fair team, we don’t do these things and we didn’t do them in Stuttgart either. We want to play football.”
After the 2-1 win, Stuttgart’s Enzo Millot provocatively cheered in the direction of the HSV fans, which led to a pack formation in which Sosa intervened with a long sprint.
“I don’t usually do things like that,” said the 25-year-old: “But in this situation I was a bit angry.”