Karlsruher SC wants to seek its luck in the offensive in the relegation playoff against hamburger SV. A 0-0 draw was enough for the second-division team to make its return to the bundesliga perfect after six years.
"We want to win the game at home, will play to win and not gamble on any result," said coach markus kauczinski. "We want to put on just as spirited a performance here as we did in hamburg. With our own spectators behind us, we will surely be able to go one better."
After the 1-1 draw in the first leg in hamburg, the starting position for the KSC has not changed much, explained kauczinski. The chances against the bundesliga team in the wildparkstadion, which was sold out with more than 27,000 spectators, on the 1st of july were very good. June he sees at "50 to 50".
KSC must make one personnel change, because dominic peitz will be missing in the defensive midfield due to his yellow suspension. Alternatives are gaetan krebs or reinhold yabo, who was used more offensively in hamburg. Should kauczinski withdraw yabo, possibly hiroki yamada would play behind striker rouwen hennings. The japanese is still suffering from calf problems, which prevented him from competing in hamburg. Hennings’ bone has swollen up a bit again. The goal-scorer, who had given KSC a 1-0 lead in hamburg, will be there, however.
HSV fears for the use of ivica olic. The 35-year-old attacker was absent from training on saturday after suffering an allergic shock the day before, according to unanimous media reports, and was admitted to hospital. In addition to olic, ivo ilicevic, who scored the equalizer in the first leg, was also unable to train due to adductor problems. HSV has personnel problems in the offensive anyway, as goalkeeper pierre-michel lasogga is also stricken and maximilian beister lacks fitness after a long injury break. Heiko westermann and gojko kacar will definitely be absent (each with a fifth yellow card).
The hanseatic team will also be under greater pressure – at least that’s what kauczinski believes. "The HSV comes here as a bundesliga player and has something to lose. We are in the second league, no one can take that away from us. So we can’t lose anything, we can only gain," said the 45-year-old.
KSC midfielder dimitrij nazarov announced a tough fight to the visitors: "we will certainly not wait and see what happens, but play forward. Hamburg can be prepared that we will not avoid any duel and that we will hit the ground running."