Bayern Munich vs Hamburg
by Colin on Bundesliga
This is probably one of the most classic games for Bundesliga. FC Bayern Munich against Hamburger SV at Allianz Arena in Munich.
Bayern is on top
The Bavarians had a tough start of the second part of the season. In the first two rounds after the winter break, Bayern had to play against VFL Wolfsburg and Schalke 04. The second and the third team in the table. Josep Guardiola’s boys managed to win only 1 point from these two games at home after 1-1 draw against Schalke. Now, Bayern Munich is back on the winning way after the 0-2 win in the derby against Stuttgart with Arjen Robben and David Alaba goals. Bayern is taking the 1st position with 49 points after 15 wins, 4 draws and 1 loss. They still enjoy comfortable 8 point advantage at the top, while the second VFL Wolfsburg is with 41 points.
Take whatever good you can out of a defeat
Josep Guardiola said that the lost game from the Wolves will be something they won’t make a tragedy of and they will try to turn it into something positive. According to his words it is more worrying to win the Bundesliga with 20 points difference and he said that his boys will stay focused to the end, but he doesn’t believe that the job is done and they cannot consider to have won the title yet.
The center defender Jerome Boateng will miss the game against HSV, because of the ban he received from the association after his red card against Schalke. Although his ban was cut to two games instead of three, and he will be back for Paderborn, he still misses the game against Hamburger. Good news for the team are the returning of Frank Ribery and Rafinha, who missed the first games after the break because of injuries. Frank Ribery is hoping to play against HSV, and the manager Guardiola is happy because he will be able to use one of his most experienced players before the UEFA Champions League clash against the Ukrainian side Shakhtar Donetsk next week. The Polish striker Robert Lewandowski is struggling in his first season at the club. In a recent interview he said that it is not a very nice feeling to be on the bench and that he is not very pleased with such status. This came after the game against Schalke when he was replaced on the half time and he could not help his team to avoid the draw. The ex Borussia Dortmund striker has scored 7 goals in the Bundesliga this season, but the target set from the management is to score 20 in the league. He is worried that he will not be able to reach the number of 20, because of the less time he gets to play lately.
HSV goes down, or up?
Hamburger SV is in a completely different mood before this game. The gusts are going into this game from the bottom of the table, which has not happened for a while. HSV was in a big crisis, but after a good results in the last two rounds going through a 0-3 win on the pitch of Paderborn and a 2-1 against Hannover 96 at home, the team is now taking the 12th place with 23 points, which is 4 above the relegation zone. HSV had a very bad start of the season which caused a rotation in the manager’s position. Mirko Slomka was replaced with Josef Zinnbauer. He was given more time and now it seems that he will manage to stabilize the team.
The win in the derby of the North over Hannover 96 with 2-1 did not came easy for Josef Zinnbauer and his boys. The media even defined the win as a lucky one for HSV, but the 3 points was what mattered at the end. Hannover was unlucky to miss penalty at the 23rd minute and to receive two own goals, even if the second one was recorded as a goal by Marcell Jansen.
Allianz Arena awaits
The things don’t look very optimistic for the team of Hamburger before their game at Allianz Arena, but players like Rafael van der Vaart and Ivica Olic, who returned to the club in January, can make it difficult for Bayern. The Croatian striker is 35 years old already, but he started his career in the Bundesliga with the team of Hamburger, before his transfer to Bayern Munich and to VFL Wolfsburg later on. Ivica Olic has scored the first goal in the Bayern’s net with Wolfsburg this season and he knows with sure how to score goals at the Allianz Arena.
The first game between these sides in September has finished with a 0-0 draw in Hamburg. What is disturbing for HSV is that Bayern is the best host, sharing the first position with the Wolves from Wolfsburg and along with them and Bayer Leverkusen are the only three teams in the league to have not lost a single game at home. Josef Zinnbauer’s team have won only twice away, while considering 5 losses and 3 draws. We have seen some devastating results from Bayern’s side against this opponent in the last few years, reminding you this 9-2 in 2013 and 5-0 and 6-0 in 2011. HSV managed to record 4 draws and 2 wins at Munich in 33 games. The last win for Hamburg as a guest over the Bavarian club comes in 2007 with a 1-2 result.