For HSV, after the frustration of the league, it’s the sporting highlight of the spring: the DFB Cup semi-final against Bundesliga club SC Freiburg on Tuesday evening (8.45 p.m. / live ticker on mopo.de). Almost four years to the day since they last met SCF, the Hamburgers prevailed 1-0 in the deepest relegation battle in the spring of 2018. In the end, victory was not enough to stay in the league – HSV still made an impression.
Christian Günter was there in April 2018 when Hamburg won in front of 57,000 fans with a Lewis Holtby goal. Ahead of the cup, the 29-year-old said: “I’ve known the atmosphere in Hamburg since the days of the Bundesliga, the hut is on fire there too” and added: “I said several times: it’s one of the noisiest stadiums I can remember.”
It should also be noisy on Tuesday. The Volksparkstadion is sold out for the first time since February 2020 and around 6,000 Brisgau fans will accompany the Freibourgese. “We know there are a lot of things to come, including from outside,” said the Freiburg captain, his coach Christian Streich agreed. “It’s about going to Hamburg with humility. The hut will burn. It will be a tough game until the last minute,” said the 56-year-old.
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Streich’s side spent their league dress rehearsal against VfL Bochum in style, celebrating a 3-0 win on Saturday. The gap to a Champions League place is just one point, but there was no exuberant joy at Dreisam. “That will be the subject of our preliminary encounter – so that no one gets the idea that we will be clearly superior to Hamburg just because we once won a game 3-0. That won’t be the case.”
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Unlike Hamburg, Freiburg has never been in the cup final. In 2013 it was the end of the semi-final against VfB Stuttgart, with HSV the ticket to Berlin is now up for grabs. “It’s an extremely important game that awaits us on Tuesday. We have planned a lot, everyone goes to bed earlier to speed up the regeneration, ”explained Günter. Before going to bed, enemy espionage was on the list , HSV’s 3-0 victory against Karlsruher SC may have crossed the screens of some Freibourgese. “It gives them confidence,” said Günter, who has won just one of his eight games in competition against HSV (five draws, two defeats).
Nevertheless, the favorite role on Tuesday is of course with the Freiburg team. “The cup match will be a good fight,” striker Mario Vuskovic had already guessed on Saturday evening. The Croatian should be right – full ranks will do the rest.