Hamburg captain, Rafael van der Vaart believes that everyone associated with the relegation doomed club will give 100% as they set their sights on playing Bundesliga football next season.
The seven times German champions who are yet to be relegated since the creation of the Bundesliga, 53 years ago, are two games away from losing their first tier status having struggled against the drop all season.
The north German giants who less than eight years ago were regularly featuring in the Champions League are currently third from bottom having only won seven games all season.
Hamburg, a club which has been described by the media as the “Titanic” could sink into the icy cold waters of Bundesliga 2 if second from bottom Nurnberg secure three points against Hannover 96 and the Red Shorts lose their last two.
However, as hard as the situation looks van der Vaart, believes that the club are capable of securing maximum points from their last two fixtures at home against Bayern Munich and away to Europa League hopefuls Mainz.
He said: “We want to continue to be playing in the Bundesliga. I am 100 per cent convinced that we will achieve this. But it will be extremely close.”
Hamburg who welcome already crowned Bundesliga champions, Bayern Munich on Saturday must at least secure a draw if they have any achieving mission “impossible”, but the Netherlands international has reiterated that his side are out for the full three points.
“Munich has an amazing team. But in 90 minutes anything is possible. This game is for our lives and our future. We must all step up.”
Van der Vaart who no doubt watched his former employers Real Madrid knock Bayern Munich out of the Champions League, as well as exposing their defensive fragilities on Tuesday night has urged his side to show no fear in the build up to the game.
“We have no fear for the champions. And those of us who show fear should just stay in bed.”
The 31 year old has also suggested that the whole team will be playing for the “exuberant” fans who have given their entire support despite seeing their club slump to 19 defeats.
“The fans are the twelfth man. We want to give everything for these amazing fans. I am not going to give up and no one else in the team is going to.”
However, there are sections of the crowd who have been largely hypocritical of their captain’s performances, whilst also suggesting that the former Tottenham midfielder is one of the main reasons for the club’s struggles this season.
“I played well in the first half of the season. However, I haven’t played to my full potential in this half of the season. I am also unhappy with his. I am searching for my form and I am confident that I will get this back.”
However, the torrid time doesn’t stop there for the Netherlands World Cup hopeful who had to leave the his club’s preparations for Saturday’s showdown as he raced back to Amsterdam to look after his parents who were involved in a fire at their apartment.
Van der Vaart’s father was admitted into hospital with breathing difficulties, but a spokesman close to the family said that he was later allowed to return home.
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