As far as form is concerned, both sides can certainly go into these two decisive duels with a tailwind. VfB have only lost two of the ten games under Hoeneß and have been unbeaten three times in the last three games. HSV said goodbye to the regular season with three wins.
VfB coach Sebastian Hoeneß also emphasized the positive aspects of the situation in advance. “When I started here, we were in 18th place. And now we’re in 16th place and it’s in our hands to grab it. It’s a chance we still have,” said Hoeneß, who took over the coaching position in Stuttgart had only taken over at the beginning of April. The 41-year-old sees his team well prepared: “I am sure that we are well prepared – in terms of content, but also mentally. We have already solved some pressure situations well in the last few weeks.”
In the Hamburg camp, coach Tim Walter tried to spread optimism after the bitter scenes as a result of the narrowly missed promotion. “In terms of feeling, everything was there from top to bottom last Sunday,” admitted the 47-year-old, but immediately stated: “It’s in our own hands again to make the possible possible.” The North Germans don’t just want to build on their own home strength and also want to take something with them away from the Bundesliga club. “We’re going to Stuttgart to win,” said Walter before the trip to Swabia.
Compared to the last game, both coaches make two changes. In addition to the forced exchange in the goalkeeper position, where Florian Müller moves in for Bredlow, Enzo Millot is given preference over Silas, who rotates to the bench. Returnees Bakery Jatta and Ludovit Reis replace the injured László Bénes and Ransford Königsdörffer (bench) for the guests.
VfB trainer Sebastian Hoeneß has to do without his injured keeper Fabian Bredlow, but apart from his long-term injuries he has everyone on board. Means that central defender Dan-Axel Zagadou got fit in time and is in the squad. The guests from Hamburg have to do without László Bénes. The Slovakian tore a muscle fiber in Sandhausen and will not play again this season. Ludovit Reis, who is celebrating his 23rd birthday today, and Bakery Jatta are ready to play again after being suspended.
With VfB Stuttgart and Hamburger SV, two real traditional clubs meet. And there are two teams that would have liked to have avoided this relegation. The Swabians only needed a home win against Hoffenheim, who had already been saved, on the last day of the game to keep the class on their own. HSV did their homework in Sandhausen and were almost promoted before two late goals from Heidenheim slowed them down. Now only one team can play in the upper house next year. Who coped better with the recent setback and secured the ticket?
Hello and welcome to the Bundesliga relegation 2023! VfB Stuttgart and Hamburger SV fight in two games for a place in the top German division. The first leg starts at 8:45 p.m. in the Mercedes-Benz Arena in Stuttgart!