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Hamburg Prepare For Life in the Second Tier

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Amidst such situations of flux, if not pure panic, it’s hardly stunning that their participant recruitment observe report is so poor, spending closely on a string of flops – amongst them Swedish striker Marcus Berg, the Brazilian duo of Alex Silva and Thiago Neves and so-called Croat boy surprise Alen Halihovic – and by no means actually assembling a balanced, homogenous squad.

Along with his facet about to ‘tough it’ within the second division bear-pit, Hamburg chairman Bernd Hoffmann has promised to “depart no stone unturned” in an instantaneous promotion mission and key to his plans is coach Titz, who up till March was accountable for HSV’s Below 21s and right away sparked a mini-revival, profitable 4 of his eight Bundesliga video games on the helm.

“If Christian Titz had been accountable for HSV for the entire season, they might not be within the state of affairs they now discover themselves,” says ex-Dortmund and Germany libero Matthias Sammer. “I like his type. He doesn’t have  conservative or defensive ideas. He stands for attacking, possession and braveness.”

The creator of many books on soccer teaching, Titz not solely has the theoretical floor lined. He appears to know his sensible onions too.

What We Realized This Week
1. College’s out – thank god.
Below-par for many of the season, but nonetheless managing to edge out Leverkusen within the race for the fourth and closing Champions League qualification spot, Dortmund have wasted no time shifting into autopsy mode. “What we’d like is a interval of peace and calm,” stated midfielder Nuri Sahin. “Early within the marketing campaign we had lots of issues within the dressing room. We had a participant on strike (Ousmane Dembele) and a change of coach (Peter Bosz making manner for Peter Stoger). It’s good that we received’t be seeing each other for just a few weeks.” The brand new Dortmund boss is predicted to be Good’s Lucien Favre.

2. No strain drop for the Wolves.
For the second consecutive season, Wolfsburg have a do-or-die relegation/promotion play-off on their fingers. Twelve months after seeing off second tier Eintracht Braunschweig, the Wolves now face Holstein Kiel, an upwardly cell outfit who’re pushing for back-to-back upgrades in class. “Each sport, we play we glance to be courageous, get ahead and win,” declared Kiel coach Markus Anfang. “We’ll be precisely the identical in opposition to Wolfsburg. Nobody anticipated us to be on this place. We are able to exit and revel in ourselves.”  The 2-legged affair (Might 17 in Wolfsburg and Might 21 in Kiel) will likely be Anfang’s swansong with Kiel. Subsequent season he will likely be accountable for Cologne, who, after all, lately dropped out of the Bundesliga.

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