Hamburger SV is still hoping for a miracle in the relegation against VfB Stuttgart, but the situation seems hopeless.
Tim Walter doesn’t even want to think about giving up. Of course, the starting position was “not ideal”, admitted the Hamburger SV coach in view of the almost hopeless situation before the relegation “final” against VfB Stuttgart.
But: “This is my family and I am convinced of my family.” So convinced that the dream of the end of five years in the second division, which seems to last forever, should not be buried yet.
But currently it seems as if HSV will have to spend a sixth year in the lower house. Because even if they were warned of the opponent in Stuttgart, before the relegation second leg on Monday (8.45 p.m. / Sat.1 and Sky) everything seems to speak against the second division third party: the heavy mortgage, the all too clear class difference in the first leg, the bad rate of the second division in the relegation.
It is not for nothing that the word “miracle” was used in a highly inflationary manner at the badly beaten HSV after the well-deserved 3-0 loss in Stuttgart last Thursday. Walter also conjured up a “football miracle” on Sunday. After all, no team has ever turned 0:3 in relegation. But if that should succeed, according to Walter, then in the “wonderful” Volkspark – with their own fans behind them.
HSV: Walter relies on “comeback qualities”
Nevertheless, many will ask themselves why HSV, of all people, who have often seemed so unhappy at crucial moments in recent years, should make the almost impossible possible. “We’ll try to work our way forward little by little,” Walter revealed at least parts of his match plans. Rather, he places value in the “comeback qualities” of his team.
“The boys have suffered a few setbacks and have always gotten back up,” said the 41-year-old in praise of his players. Also on Monday they will “fight to the end”. And they will have to show that they have coped well with the recent setback.
Because while they continue to hope and fear in the north, only the biggest pessimists around VfB expect the fourth relegation after 1975, 2016 and 2019. Coach Sebastian Hoeneß nevertheless tried to slow down the euphoria after the convincing first leg performance.
The strong starting position is “just a milestone,” said the 41-year-old and assured that the pressure had by no means evaporated given the existence-threatening relegation. Accordingly, it would be “fatal,” warned Hoeneß, “if we now deduce that the second leg will be like the first leg. We need a big lookout.”
Otherwise the HSV miracle could perhaps still become reality.
HSV vs. VfB: The expected team line-ups:
Hamburg: Heuer Fernandes – Heyer, David, Schonlau, Muheim – Kittel, Meffert, Reis – Jatta, Glatzel, Dompe. – Trainer: Walter