There wasn’t much time to celebrate. There are only around 69 hours between the last penalty in Cologne and the kick-off of the city duel, every hour of preparation is precious. Especially since on Friday (6.30 p.m., live on Sky) there is a party waiting for HSV, which he has been longing for for around five months. There is still work to be done.
The heroes were tired, who could blame them? When the HSV pros reached the Volkspark at 2.15 a.m. on Wednesday morning, they not only had 120 minutes in the cup, but also a strenuous return journey. Due to the excessive length of the game in Cologne and the ban on night flights in Fuhlsbüttel, the convoy had to head for Hanover Airport, from where buses went to Hamburg. It doesn’t matter, captain Sebastian Schonlau chimed in after the triumph in Cologne, “As far as I’m concerned, we can now walk home from here, we’d be able to do that now.”
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He’ll be glad things turned out differently. And while the cup coup and its 1000 stories were the focus on the return trip, on Wednesday, when the team met again in the Volkspark, there was only one topic left: St. Pauli and the city derby.
HSV has been without a win against St. Pauli for five games
They waited a long time for the chance to make up for the 2:3 in the first leg. Yesterday at noon, coach Tim Walter swore his team to the hit. Already there he should have found quite clear words. After five city duels in a row without a HSV victory (one draw, four bankruptcies), the Derby buck should now also be knocked over after the Cologne billy goat.
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The jubilation after the Cologne kick was short but crisp. Discipline was also the order of the day. A crate of beer was spotted in the HSV cabin, but only the coaching staff and supervisors are said to have used it. The professionals, it is said, renounced. Beer or not, “Friday night then,” said keeper Daniel Heuer Fernandes with a wink. Everything goes well before, maybe even two.