WITHDaniel Thioune quickly got to know the unpleasant sides of the life of a HSV coach. The game in Dresden was enough. Actually, the preparatory summer in Hamburg gave little cause to doubt the possibility of a proper start to the season. Yes, this time too, HSV exchanged the board (in March) and the coach (only in July). But with the troika made up of coach Thioune, sports director Jonas Boldt and sports director Michael Mutzel, a men’s community seemed to be working that was trusted to be able to achieve promotion at the end of the third year in the second division – under corona conditions, with significantly less Money.
The three and the team can still prove that it works. But the 1: 4 on Monday evening at Dynamo has raised considerable doubts as to whether this team actually has the necessary resilience to survive in the second division.
Deviated from the goal
Central defender Toni Leistner, 30 years old, should stand for more robustness. But the former Dresden professional had his most noticeable scene after the final whistle. Then he ran away from the interview into the stands and angrily pushed a viewer who is said to have insulted him and his pregnant wife. Words of apology were spoken that evening. Dynamo found the viewer who disagreed that he should have denigrated the family of the professional – but only Leistner, which did not make things much better.
The German Football Association asked Leistner’s statement on the incident; a suspension for several cup games could follow. The whole thing was irritating not only because of the absence of masks from the two arguers – in times of sophisticated hygiene concepts, it was surprising how quickly Leistner got to the stands. On Tuesday evening, Leistner wrote on Instagram that he had spoken to the fan on the phone: “Like me, he saw his mistake. I accept his apology, the matter is over between us. “
Thioune only wants to see more robustness from his team on the grass. Experienced players have been brought in for all parts of the team: Leistner in the back, Klaus Gjasula in the middle, Simon Terodde in front. Boldt and Mutzel have accepted the fact that HSV deviates from its actual goal with these obligations, which is called “development”, because they believe that no one can advance only with younger potential players. You can accept this argument, especially since the financial situation of HSV really doesn’t allow any big leaps. The motto is preferably free of charge.
It was now almost tragic, for others certainly amusing, how neither Leistner nor Gjasula nor Terodde improved anything for the time being. Gjasula recalled the former transfer Valon Behrami (2014/15), who confused the addition of many duels with football when the cup was knocked out in the first round. After injury, Terodde only traveled as a joker. And Leistner ensured with his freak out that all of football Germany spoke about HSV. In any case, the good mood was not on board when HSV traveled back from Dresden to prepare for the first second division game of the season against Düsseldorf this Friday evening (6.30 p.m. in the FAZ live ticker for the second division and on Sky).
“I thought we were one step further,” said Daniel Thioune. The 46-year-old soccer teacher has shown in seven Osnabrück years how to make a lot out of a little. He did not hide the fact that VfL should be his springboard for a larger club. That has now been successful. And it is not gratitude, but realism when Thioune describes the “current situation” at HSV as “good” – with still 25 million euros in the squad costs, the Hamburgers are naturally one of the promotion candidates, even if the leadership around Jonas Boldt does not trumpet it . Of course there is a lack of money because Klaus-Michael Kühne has given up the patronage of the stadium, because the television money is flowing less abundantly, because there is no audience income as elsewhere and the stadium also has to be renovated.
But with the new captain Tim Leibold, with Aaron Hunt, Sonny Kittel, Gideon Jung, Simon Terodde and Bakery Jatta there are enough well-known professionals who should also know how the second division works. Or? Development is required from Thioune, he should make the young professionals better with his coaching staff, make regular players out of talents like Vagnoman, Ambrosius and Onana. It’s tough bread. A big task also because Thioune does not have the name of Dieter Hecking, who also failed because of what the former board member Heribert Bruchhagen named in the “Kicker” as the main reason for all the failure at HSV: “All the people involved are ultimately always on the quality of the team failed. “
Thioune knows the problem areas in the squad. Under Hecking, there was no game idea against low-ranking teams (almost all of them were in the second division) if individual class was not enough. The HSV should be more stable, less easy to overrun, but also more difficult to calculate – more variable. But does that succeed when in the end a lot depends on Hunt’s form? In addition, the Hamburgers lack a strong goalkeeper, and the central defense wobbled alarmingly in Dresden. The currently injured Jatta embodies the all-important speed on the outside lanes.
This Hamburger SV is not a promotion favorite like in the years before. Not even a self-appointed one. The fans, the environment, the city – you don’t expect much from HSV. Maybe that’s a very good starting position to move up.