Press conference


”We have to be greedier”

Ahead of the home clash with Mainz 05, HSV’s head coach spoke about the club’s situation, the mini training camp and his expectations for the game.

On Saturday afternoon, HSV face 1. FSV Mainz 05 on matchday 25 of the Bundesliga. Before HSV get down to business, Bernd Hollerbach’s side have been undergoing a mini training camp in Hotel Treudelberg. The coach’s thinking behind the decision was to get the team as close as possible before the game. Hollerbach knows how important the Mainz game will be. “It’s a crucial game for us. We will give everything to keep in touch with the other teams seeking safety.”

The 48-year-old coach went into detail on the following…

… the mini training camp: The training camp was intended to chill out the players. I want to keep them away from the hustle and bustle. It gives us chance to talk and to spend time as a team.

… the squad news: Aside from Albin Ekdal, Bjarne Thoelke, Lewis Holtby and Andy Hirzel, everyone came to Treudelberg. We went there with 3 goalies and 21 outfield players

… a possible start for Josha Vagnoman: The line-up is always put up an hour before kick-off. Josha is a good lad. He has a lot of ability and gives his all in training. He was in the mix ahead of the Bremen game. He’s an option for sure.

… his team: The lads haven’t done much wrong. We’ve been very solid at the back but we lack cold-bloodedness in front of goal in the final third. We have to be greedier. On Saturday, we’ll give 120% and are certain we’re capable of getting all three points.

… fan trouble: I’m not worrying about fan trouble and neither are the team. The large majority of the fans get behind the team and are great. I’m not worrying about it. Our focus is purely on the game.

… his personal situation: I’m trying to concentrate solely on the team. That’s my job, When I took on this job, I knew it was going to be tough. I’m thankful to the club, It’s still in our own hands. On Saturday, we have a chance to get three points and work out way out of the relegation spots.