With the 1-0 victory in the relegation first leg in the back, coach Tim Walter from Hamburger SV goes with enthusiasm and courage, anticipation and conviction in the second encounter against Hertha BSC.
“We will knock everything in to make all fans and the city happy,” said Walter the day before the football game on Monday (8:30 p.m./Sky and Sat.1) in the sold-out folk park stadium.
There are different feelings among the Berliners after the home defeat. “I am convinced that the boys go into this game with a certain anger,” said Hertha’s games manager Fredi Bobic. His professionals could win passion if “they are a bit angry with themselves,” said Bobic.
Hertha BSC wants to avoid the seventh Bundesliga relegation in its history, and after four years of second class, HSV finally plays back in the concert of the big ones. It is also about showing character on the pitch, said Walter and praised: “We always show that we are a team. And teams can achieve big things.”
Hertha again with Christensen in the goal
Magath can again rely on midfielder Santiago Ascacibar, who was closed in the first leg. The coach described this as a mentality player. Kevin-Prince Boateng, who is to be used in contrast to the first leg this time, is a final player, said Magath. Goalkeeper Marcel Lotka, however, is still missing due to a broken nose and a slight concussion. Oliver Christensen is likely to replace him again, for whom it would only be the second competitive game for the Berliners.
HSV has “treated a bit timidly” some professionals such as Bakéry Jatta and Jonas Meffert in the past few days. They should be back on the matchday. In order to make a holiday out of the game himself, the trainer invited his entire family who lives near Munich.
The Volksparkstadion is sold out. The police are preparing for a demanding evening. In addition to the Hamburg police, officials from other federal states, including a hundred from Berlin. The stadium actually holds 57,000 visitors, if buffer zones for the game were set up if the number of spectators would be lower. There were no precise information on this yet.