After the international break, Hamburger SV has a tough opponent in Fortuna Düsseldorf. But Tim Walter didn’t have to set the incentive himself.
Seized the moment: HSV trainer Tim Walter.
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It’s not the first attempt, not even the second for HSV, even if Tim Walter is a new coach on the sidelines. In the Hanseatic city, only one direction counts – and that is: up.
Nine games, three wins, seventh place. Of course, this is not enough for the demands on the Elbe. And Walter knows that too, who has to answer the unpleasant questions. “Points”, he summed up urgently, what the Rothosen would still be missing for a top second division team. “And now and then the effectiveness.”
“The HSV should be an event again”
This would ultimately provide the coveted counters, of which Hamburg would prefer to keep all three in the Volkspark on Saturday evening against Düsseldorf (8.30 p.m., LIVE! At kicker). Where the HSV should “become an event again”, as Walter aims beyond sporting success. “We want to deliver good football so that people come and have fun.”
Against F95, Walter probably experienced the greatest home backdrop of his tenure, in a stadium where the German national team most recently played. But not only goalkeeper Daniel Heuer Fernandes came into contact with the DFB selection, Walter – more or less – gave his entire team an incentive.
“There were talks on the pitch,” revealed the coach, “I’ve known Hansi for a while, and some of the players know each other.” It was a “change” that the great football shine shone through the Volkspark, where “it became clear to the boys where they could still go,” grinned Walter. “Because the quality is one – or two – above it.”