At least it is Hamburg at home...
Who doesn't know the apparent latest tradition concerning our Ballspielverein and the team from Hamburg? Whenever Hamburg is doing terribly, Dortmund appears around the corner and helps them to not break down completely. At least for awaygames in Hamburg it seems to go exactly like this. Thank Football-God this is a home game and the outcomes of our homegames do not appear to be quite as bad as the games played in Hamburg. Last year our brilliant team managed to win the homegame with a score of 6:2- so all of us who started to shiver after hearing the name Hamburg, once the Derby was played, may relax a little bit. Maybe we will be lucky this time and everything will be fine. It is actually also time that things start to be fine in the Bundesliga again.
Of course, statistics remind us that, even though things look rather uncomfortable in the table right now, we have been there before. In the end we were not only raising the "Schale" but also the Cup and finished the season 11/12 with the "Double". So, seven points after six games played is not the end of the world, but something to work on. And let's stay modest: what is our opponent supposed to say?
While some people are still trying to figure out how Hamburg managed to stay in the first Bundesliga last year after gaining only 27 points in 34 games, it does not really look like they are recovering this season. After the doubtful decision last season, that turned Hamburg into HSV + (leading to the fact that the sports department does no longer depend on their members but is open for investors) many fans of the traditional team, the "Dino" of the Bundesliga, suffered additionally to the unpleasant athletic situation. And Hamburg has not learned from its mistakes. Every decision appears to be a desperate measurement for better days, because after all, only a few years ago, Hamburg talked about playing Championsleague. A dream that seems to be in far distance now.
Cynics may say that things are looking brighter now. The first victory of the season is still wanted and needed but at least improvements were made when a goal was scored against Frankfurt last week.
Where does this lead us now? Will our Ballspielverein comfort Hamburg once again? Will we get rid of our "Championsleage-Face" and put on the "Bundesliga-Mask" again? Let's hope not. As Jürgen Klopp pointed out in the press conference: He is well aware of the fact that we gained almost the same number of points in our two Championsleague games as we did in our six Bundesliga matches. Let's hope that the team is also aware of this fact and more than eager to change this. I am positive that our Ballspielverein will turn the situation around and for once use Hamburg for our own consolation instead of playing it the other way around. And we have to keep in mind: this will be our seventh game in only 22 days- with all those injuries, a World-Cup in the back and various changes in the team, we shall accepts that, like a roller coaster ride, there will be ups and downs during the season. We've had a few downs now- the ups will follow. Let's keep our fingers crossed and support our team which surely has many more great moments for us in store!
Ballspielverein: Weidenfeller, - Hummels, Sokratis, Schmelzer, Durm,- Bender, Jojic, Großkreutz, Kagawa, Aubameyang- Ramos
Hamburger SV: Drobny,- Djourou, Westermann, Diekmeier, Ostrzolek,- Behrami, Holtby, N. Müller, Van der Vaart, Jansen,- Lasogga
Referee: Zwayer (Berlin)
Westfalenstadion: 80 667 (sold out)