The DFB Cup semi-final on TuesdayThe DFB Cup semi-final on Tuesday (20.45 / ARD and Sky) between the second division side of the Elbe and the Champions League contender from Saxony has as clear fronts as rare. Even the HSV's home right in the Volksparkstadion, which seats 57,000 spectators, does not change the division of roles.
“We can just have a great game and have fun,” said HSV President Marcell Jansen at dfb.de humorous. There is no talk of fun in Leipzig, of ambition and success all the more. “In the end, all that counts is that we want to reach the final with everything we have,” said coach Ralf Rangnick, explaining his team's feelings: “If we see our boys perform since Christmas then we'll go with them a good feeling in the semifinals. “
Especially in foreign arenas, the Saxons have a run. In the Bundesliga won the third in the table seven away games in series with a total of 18: 4 goals. Only record Bayern Munich is successful in foreign lands. Since 14 competitive matches (11 wins, 3 draws) the team of coach Ralf Rangnick is undefeated. On the other hand, the balance of the Hamburg takes poorly. Three draws and two defeats are the latest results. The Hamburg wobble currently in the fight for the return to the Bundesliga.
Despite the twisting HSV performance curve, Rangnick remains polite. His team meets “a felt Bundesliga team,” he said, attesting to the North German “high quality” and “a very well-groomed football.” HSV coach Hannes Wolf really does not like the praise. “We are playing against a superman team. We do not want to dream too much, “he said the day before the meeting.
After the 1-1 draw against Erzgebirge Aue on Saturday, the coach sees “a different kind of football” coming to his team than they are used to in the second Bundesliga. The advice, he should rather focus on the promotion fight and enjoy the cup as an accessory, he suggests. “It would be totally wrong if we gave it away,” said the 38-year-old coach. “We'll do a hell of a fuck and not take this game full.”
The hamburger can not buy anything for their longer cup tradition. Three times they got the cup. But that is a long time ago. They were in the semi-final ten years ago. At that time they failed to Werder Bremen. For the people of Leipzig, this is the first semi-final round in the club's ten-year history.
2,656 million euros have the semi-finalists sure. A final move would bring at least another 3.5 million euros. The debt of about 85 million euros HSV gets it in the dreams, a final participation, but hardly anyone considers realistic.
Rangnick is greedy for a title. The team is almost certain of entering the Champions League. The entry into the Cup final and there the triumph would be in Rangnick Leipzig Vita another note with asterisks. If he vacates the trainer's position at the end of the season, then with a roar.
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