Hamburg and nurnberg dream of cup quarterfinals

Hamburg and nurnberg dream of cup quarterfinals

They have won the DFB cup a total of seven times and have celebrated 15 german championships.

But when hamburger SV and 1. FC nurnberg on tuesday (18.30 a.M.) for a place in the cup quarterfinals, it is no longer the summit meeting of the past, but the duel of two clubs with a long tradition, whose best years are long behind them. The former bundesliga dinosaur from the hanseatic city is fighting for the lead in the 2. Bundesliga for a return to the top flight, the franconians, who have become an elevator team, are in 17th place and want to avoid another fall into the second division.

The round of 16 is a good opportunity for both teams to gain self-confidence for the upcoming tasks in the league. "The DFB cup is cult, we want to get in there. It’s good that we’re in the eighth finals, but the quarter finals would be a highlight," said HSV coach hannes wolf. Nurnberg coach michael kollner said: "we want to progress."To achieve this, his team needed a good plan and a compact performance.

Neither of the two protagonists celebrated a successful dress rehearsal. Hamburger lost 0:2 at arminia bielefeld at the weekend, while nurnberg at least picked up its twelfth point of the current season with a 1-1 draw against werder bremen.

"I expect everyone to give it their all," said wolf, who has been plagued by injuries. The creative and offensive forces captain aaron hunt (muscle fiber tear) and hee-chan hwang (torn hip flexor) are missing anyway, and it doesn’t look good for goalkeeper pierre-michel lasogga (calf) and gideon jung (adductor injury). But sturmer fiete arp is fit again after back problems. Wolf: "one way or another: we will have a team on the pitch that can win."

Nurnberg must do without left defender tim leibold as well as central defender georg margreitter. Margreitter has muscle problems and will therefore be absent, said kollner. Nurnberg coach expects goalkeeper christian mathenia to play, former hamburger has yet to undergo final tests.

By the way, the two teams celebrated their last major national successes to date in the dfb cup. Nurnberg won the 2007 cup by beating vfb stuttgart 3:2. The last triumph of HSV was even 20 years ago: in 1987 the stuttgarter kickers were beaten 3:1.