Hamburg players are confident that they will avoid the drop this season, despite their fourth straight defeat at the weekend against Bayern Munich.
Two seasons ago they were near the bottom but stayed safe and then the following year they just missed out on a Europa League place. Suddenly, they have submerged to the depths of the relegation zone again and require a win next week on the final day to keep their hopes of remaining in the Bundesliga alive.
They have never been relegated from the top division but the past three seasons must have felt like a roller-coaster ride for the fans. Their final fixture will take place against FSV Mainz, a side who are competing for a place in Europe whereas last year they were in trouble themselves.
Hamburg were beaten 4-1 by Bayern Munich as they bounced back from a Champions League defeat, but goalkeeper Rene Adler is confident the side can avoid the drop after an improved performance and can focus on the relegation play off instead.
“The way we played today is what counts,” said the German keeper.
“We can take confidence from the way we played in the first half.”
With just one win from their past eight games and after conceding the most amount of goals in the division, it is wishful thinking for the Hamburg supporters to think they can count on a win next weekend. Luckily, FC Nürnberg, who are also in trouble, have a difficult game also against Schalke, who will be looking to cement third spot. Bottom of the table, Eintracht Braunschweig take on Hoffenheim, who have won just one of their last six.
Coach, Mirko Slomka told German media after yesterday’s defeat: “All three teams at the bottom have difficult away games, but our destiny is in our own hands.
“We can take a lot of positives from today, but we mustn't forget also that we lost 4-1.”
The club used to attract notable names but have struggled to bring in the same calibre of players in this campaign. Defensively, Hamburg have been shaky but their main problems have stemmed from their managerial set up. Slomka is the third man to take up the hot seat at the Imtech Arena after replacing Bert van Marwijk in mid-February after the club went on a seven match losing streak. Van Marwijk came in after initial manager, Thorsten Fink, was fired following six defeats from the opening eight games.
A win next week would mean they would remain 16th and will need to play one more game against the third placed team in the second division.
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