Teamcheck HSV: Nur der Bundesliga-Aufstieg zählt
HSV failed to return to the Bundesliga four times. It should work out this year. The chances are actually good. However, they have done so in recent years.
This is how the first half of the second division went
HSV struggled a bit with initial difficulties and lost two of their first three home games. Nevertheless, he established himself from the start in the top flight of the second division. In the meantime, there have been five wins in a row before the Hamburg team suffered a small dent and lost the derby at FC St. Pauli 0:3.
But with three wins from the last four games of the year, HSV made it to second place with 34 points. However, the sporting record was hardly an issue in winter. Immediately after the last first round game against Sandhausen (4:2) it became known that central defender Mario Vuskovic was convicted of EPO doping.
He is temporarily suspended and is waiting for the sports court hearing at the DFB. The Croatian faces a four-year ban.
Who is coming, who is going?
Vuskovic leaves a big sporting gap at HSV. He was the most reliable defender and perhaps the professional with the greatest development potential in the Hanseatic League. As a replacement, Hamburg brought in the Spaniard Francisco Montero from Besiktas Istanbul.
There was also a change in personnel on the left side of defence. Ex-captain Tim Leibold moved to the USA, he was replaced by Noah Katterbach from 1. FC Köln. Like Montero, the 21-year-old is on loan until the end of the season.
Trainer Tim Walter: With a new contract in the new year
One no one can deny coach Tim Walter: He has established his very own game system at HSV. His players, the majority of the fans and – which is particularly important for Walter – the HSV management team led by Jonas Boldt are also convinced of the coach’s ideas. That’s why his contract was extended until 2024 during the winter break.
Walter’s style is risky and regularly creates more spectacle in front of his own goal than a coach would like. He won’t change it. Because what the “Süddeutsche Zeitung” wrote in the summer of 2018 about his move from the Bayern amateurs to Holstein Kiel still applies: “Walter, that’s for sure, will not fail due to a lack of self-confidence.”
Outlook for the second half of the season: First or second place is a must
The starting point for Hamburger SV is clear: promotion is a must. HSV has by far the highest budget and has spent more on newcomers this season than all other second division clubs combined. With these general conditions, Hamburg can only be satisfied with first or second place. Walter also sees it this way: “There is only one goal. And that is promotion.”
Two factors will primarily determine success and failure: How stable is the defense without Vuskovic? The Croatian was a central player in the team structure and was always in the starting XI until his positive doping test became known. Can Montero replace him on an equal footing? If not, the defensive, which is not always solid anyway, could have problems.
Glatzel is irreplaceable
In addition, top scorer Robert Glatzel must not be absent for a longer period of time. Walter can’t even come close to replacing him. In any case, the squad is relatively thin in some positions (see central defense).
If Glatzel stays fit and the defense can be found without Vuskovic, HSV should actually be able to make the leap back into the Bundesliga this season. But actually he should have done it in 2019 or 2020 or 2021 or 2022. The past few years have shown that you can never be sure in Hamburg when it comes to predicting success.
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sports club | 01/22/2023 | 10:50 p.m
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