HSV: Shocking déjà vu – Bundesliga return wobbles again


In the third attempt, Hamburger SV should finally succeed in the recovery mission. But the Rothosen lost their lead over their pursuers in the 2nd Bundesliga. Bad memories are awakened at HSV.

Review I: In the first second division season in the club’s history, HSV is seen as a clear aspirant for promotion, even taking first place after the first half of the season. Due to an underground second half of the season with only 19 points, it is already clear on the penultimate matchday that the season’s goal will not be achieved.

Review II: Also in 2019/2020 HSV is on a promotion rank up to the 31st matchday. But in the final sprint, the Rothosen show their nerves, picking up only one point in the last three games. The planned ascent fails again.

The present: There are currently many indications of a renewed slump in the decisive phase. In the last three competitive games, HSV was only able to get three points. In the second half of the table, the Hanseatic League is in ninth place with just six points from five games.

The embarrassing bankruptcy at the bottom of Würzburger Kickers (2: 3) last weekend is the current low point of the season.

“We weren’t really in the game and we missed the necessary attitude,” said captain Tim Leibold consequently: “In the end, it was just far too few of us today, just a bad performance.”

Coach Daniel Thioune also quarreled with the performance of his team: “We didn’t find our game for long stretches of the game, didn’t have the necessary pace in our actions, were too static and were not clear enough to create scoring opportunities.”

The HSV lacks stability

In fact, HSV lacks stability, at least this year, which means that insecurities creep in again and again.

For example, newcomer Sven Ulreich in the goal is not the hoped-for high performer and leader as he was signed by FC Bayern. Additional unrest in the club’s environment is likely to arise from the goalkeeper question raised by “Bild”.

Hamburg’s central defense also seems anything but stable, the injury-related loss of defense chief Toni Leistner weighs heavily. With a total of 28 goals conceded, HSV has the worst defense of all the top four teams.

Dangerous addiction to Terodde

As if that weren’t enough, the HSV’s attack engine also stalled a little recently. After the first five game days, the Rothosen had already 13 goals on the account. After five games in the second half of the season there are eight.

Particularly noticeable: The numerous hits from the actual goal machine Simon Terodde were missing recently. In the last seven games, the 32-year-old scored “only” three goals. A yield that is certainly expandable in view of his 19 goals this season.

HSV does not have a similarly dangerous shooter in its ranks. Sonny Kittel (5 goals), Bakery Jatta (4 goals) and David Kinsombi (4 goals) don’t even come close to Terodde’s quota. This dependency harbors a great danger, especially at the end of the season. An injury or a persistent form of the striker would probably cause HSV supporters and those responsible for sweating.

Resignation of the presidium provides additional explosive at HSV

The sporting misery of the last few weeks is now being reflected off the field. A power struggle has long been causing a stir that HSV would be only too happy to do without.

The resignation of the Presidium around President Marcell Jansen, Vice Thomas Schulz and Treasurer Moritz Schäfer comes at an extremely inopportune time, when the people of Hamburg should actually concentrate on stopping the sporting decline and moving towards the ascent with all their strengths.

Both on and off the pitch, the HSV are therefore facing groundbreaking weeks. And while the traditional club is looking for a new management team, the Thioune team is looking forward to three top games.

On Monday, HSV will compete in the city derby at FC St. Pauli, after which the Nordklub Holstein Kiel will receive and guest at VfL Bochum. If HSV does not want to gamble away the promotion a third time, it has to free itself from the negative spiral as quickly as possible. Otherwise another déjà vu threatens.

Lissy Beckonert


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