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Prematch report

22.09.18

Carry on the good work

HSV will face SSV Jahn Regensburg on Matchday 6 of the 2. Bundesliga. While HSV go into the game on the back of some good form, Regensburg have struggled so far this season. Head coach Christian Titz will stick to his rotation policy for the forthcoming fixture.

There is no rest for the wicked in the second-division. The third game of five inside 16 days is approaching for HSV. After facing Heidenheim and Dresden, Hamburger SV will take on SSV Jahn Regensburg (Sunday, 13:30 CEST) in the Volksparkstadion. HSV start the matchday for the first time this season as league leaders. “Obviously being top gives us confidence and it’s a moment we’ve been looking forward to. We will however stay true to ourselves and carry on working as we have. We know the dangers that lie ahead for us,” stated Christian Titz, who also felt that the side would need to be freshened up ahead of Regensburg. All members at HSV are agreed that the club needs to carry on the good work ahead of the sixth league game of the season!

Holtby and Ito return

Just a day after the win in Dresden, Titz’s men began their preparation ahead of Regensburg. There is no question that the midweek fixtures in a row will be energy-draining for the HSV players: “At the moment there is a considerably higher workload for the squad. We’ve only had two days between Dresden and Regensburg to recover, but our victories have been a good motivation to keep on working so hard,” said defender Gotoku Sakai.

There is a real buzz around the club ahead of the game. With four wins from the last five games, HSV are in good shape. This is proof of the continuous hard work that has been put in around the club in the last few weeks and months. HSV president Bernd Hoffmann stated, “If we don’t go into these next games working together and giving our all, we won’t have any success.” The fans are also excited for the game, with more than 44,000 expected in the Volksparkstadion, 1,000 of those being away fans. Another reason for the excitement is the high-scoring games that have taken place at Hamburg in recent times. Even if the games aren’t dramatic, the HSV fans will still get behind their team and drive them forwards. 

“The most important thing is that we find the right players to play the next game.”

Head coach Titz has two players available to him again; Lewis Holtby and Tatsuya Ito. Both players joined first team training during the week and have declared themselves as fit for the match on Sunday. “Both are available for selection and we’re pleased to have two more options for our squad,” said a pleased Titz. The coach is also planning to rotate some of his squad: “The most important thing is that we find the right players to play the next game. We need to get the right mix from our squad and quality. I hope that we get this right, as it’s not an easy thing to do.” Moritz-Broni Kwarteng, Bakery Jatta, Jonas David and Morten Behrens will not be the squad for Regensburg as they already played for the U21s on Friday night.

“The highlight of our season”

Regensburg are also looking forward to the upcoming match in the Volksparkstadion. “This game is the highlight of our season, but we are still focused on getting the three points. We have trained well and are prepared to fight hard,” explained SSV defender Benedikt Saller. His defensive colleague Marcel Correia also added, “We’re not going to Hamburg as tourists and don’t want to be overawed by the whole situation. We just want to enjoy the occasion.” The form of Beierlorzer’s men hasn’t been great though, as they have only won once this season (2-1 against Dynamo Dresden). They sit 15th in the league, having gained just four points so far. Titz and HSV won’t be underestimating the guests though. “They finished last season excellently and managed to finish the season in fifth. They press very well and play deep with possession. We need to prepared for the way they play,” according to Titz.

HSV squad: Pollersbeck, Mickel, Ambrosius, Arp, Chan, Douglas, Holtby, Hunt, Ito, Janjicic, Lacroix, Lasogga, Mangala, Moritz, Narey, Sakai, Steinmann, Vagnoman, van Drongelen.

Possible Regensburg team: Pentke, Saller, Sörensen, Föhrenbach, Nandzik, Geipl, Lais, George, Freis , Adamyan, Grüttner

Referee: Manuel Gräfe (Berlin).