Dhe Hamburger SV has been brutally overtaken by the recent past in its third season in the football lower house. After the fourth winless game in a row and the loss of the table lead in the second Bundesliga, coach Daniel Thioune spoke the K-word for the first time and now has to prove himself as a crisis manager even earlier than his failed predecessors. “It is the moment when we are rightly criticized. We have used up our points cushion and have to manage the turnaround, then we will master this crisis as well, “said Thioune before the duel between the stumbled promotion favorites with Hannover 96 (14th place) on Saturday (13.00 in the FAZ live ticker for the 2nd Bundesliga and on Sky ) in the Volksparkstadion.
With only two points from the last four games, HSV, which started the season promisingly with five wins (17 points), has lost its pole position to Spielbvereinigung Greuther Fürth (18). Does that mean all bad things come in threes with the former leaders?
In 2018/19 the club, relegated to the lowlands for the first time under Christian Titz and successor Hannes Wolf, was the first (37 points) to take the winter break. A meager 19 points in the second half of the season prevented promotion. “The entire sports system has collapsed,” stated the then chairman of the board, Bernd Hoffmann, in frustration. Then it should be directed by experienced coach Dieter Hecking, but after a strong start, his men lost just as tremendously: Only one win from the last seven games in 2019 and another weak second half caused the repeated failure in the approach to the Bundesliga.
The Hamburg team suffered the decisive defeat on the penultimate matchday in the Heidenheim Voith Arena. The winning goal scorer was Konstantin Kerschbaumer in the fifth minute of stoppage time. On Sunday, HSV experienced a déjà vu under Thioune in the same place. This time it was Christian Kühlwetter who made HSV desperate with his third goal (90th minute). All goals conceded were self-inflicted, even goalkeeping veteran Sven Ulreich made a bad mistake. “At 1: 2 there was no allocation. At 2: 2 we cancel the offside, and the mistake to make it 2: 3 hurts us a lot, ”summarized Thioune.
However, HSV captain Tim Leibold does not believe that HSV has a Heidenheim complex. “Not at all. There were nine other players on the field today, ”said the 26-year-old. Only Leibold and his full-back colleague Jan Gyamerah were the two players in the starting line-up on Sunday, who also suffered the knockout blow on June 21. That is why sports director Michael Mutzel does not allow any parallels to the two game years. “It’s a different season, it’s a different coaching team, there are different players. There is simply no point in looking back. We’re looking ahead. “
He admitted that the last-minute defeat “felt really crappy”. The reason for the second setback in a row are “our own mistakes. It wasn’t because the opponent was so strong, ”added the 41-year-old. “Our problem are the many goals we conceded,” said Leibold, summarizing the current negative trend. 14 are indeed too many for a candidate for promotion. “That’s where we have to start if we want to stay ahead in the promotion race.”
The captain does not want to overestimate the fact that goalkeeper Ulreich made a bad mistake when he conceded a third goal in Heidenheim, when a ball bounced off and dusted off cooling weather. “Such a mistake can happen, but the fact that we didn’t get anything on the floor after the good first 45 minutes in the second half, we have to be chalked up as a team,” he said. They have to do better against Hannover 96 if the HSV autumn blues are not to become even more violent.