In the end, will it really be the relegation against the third to last in the Bundesliga? Does HSV also have the option of direct promotion? Or will he slip to that thankless fourth place for the fourth consecutive time? The tension before the last league match in Rostock (Sunday, 15:30, live ticker on MOPO.de) is on the rise. Captain Sebastian Schonlau is also counting the hours until kick-off.
You can see the expectation in him. “It’s just a good story for us,” Schonlau says before the trip to Rostock. A victory over the Baltic Sea – and HSV would no longer be able to be pushed from third place in the standings. However, the company captain looks even higher and hasn’t canceled the direct climb.
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One thing is clear: HSV has to do its homework at Hansa first. If Werder Bremen win and at the same time lose at home to Regensburg, HSV would even be second and would be a direct promoter. “Third place is more realistic at the moment,” Schonlau told Sky microphone. “But if we manage to get second place, we won’t even fight him.”
Schonlau wants to make history with HSV
Schonlau could make history at the weekend and lead his team in the Bundesliga as the first ever HSV captain. “It is a great honor for me to be the captain here and to have my picture hanging in the VIP rooms, in the ranks of the great captains,” he explains. The 27-year-old wants to crown his first season in Hamburg in Rostock.
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If Hamburg’s path leads to relegation, they should play away on 19 May. The decision on the promotion would then be made four days later at the Volksparkstadion.