Nothing’s set in stone yet
In the press conference ahead of the away game at Bayern, the coach spoke about the current situation with the squad, the belief in avoiding relegation, and his expectations for the upcoming game.
On Saturday afternoon, HSV will line up against Bayern München in the Allianz Arena. Hollerbach is still very confident that his side can avoid the drop: “Nothing’s set in stone yet. We know it’s a tough situation, but I am convinced that we can stay up.” However, he is also aware of who the next opponents are.
The 48-year-old coach spoke about...
…the current situation: In the last weeks and months there has been continuous criticism. I try to keep this from affecting the team. We want to focus on our football and keep working. That is something I try to keep conveying to the team. That is what I can have an effect on.
…the game against Bayern: Of course, Bayern are the best team in Germany, if not in all of Europe. So it’s undoubtedly going to be difficult. In previous weeks we have been much more stable and we have been playing with more courage. But in addition to our improved defence, we want to be creating more chances to take the lead.
…the chances of avoiding relegation: We still have nine games to go and I firmly believe that we can do it. And I am always reinforcing this belief with the team. Nothing’s set in stone yet. What matters to me is how we continue to apply ourselves, and that we continue to give everything until the end of the season.
…the squad situation: Albin Ekdal and Bjarne Thoelke are still unavailable, and Mergim Mavraj is still ill. Meanwhile, Nicolai Müller is still in Köln continuing his recovery. When we get the green light, we can up his training load. So far things are looking quite good. I think he will be able to have a big effect on big games. Otherwise, everyone is fit and ready.
…on the development of Bakery Jatta: Bakery’s contribution in the past few weeks has been really class. He’s been getting stuck in, both in games and in training, and has made some fantastic improvements. His performances have definitely put him in contention for a place in our starting XI.
…his team: The boys will give everything until the end, just as they have done up to this point. Everyone knows the situation we are in. You can see that when you look at the mileage they are covering. They are playing with passion. I still believe we can survive. Giving up is not an option.