HSV: Movin’ On UpBy: ryan_s | October 7th, 2012
The past two weeks have seen Hamburger SV starkly change the culture of the season, as well as the culture of the entire team. The team had no points from it’s first three games and were about to face Bundesliga champions Borussia Dortmund and Europa League hopefuls Borussia Mönchengladbach and Hannover. After taking 7 out of 9 points from those three, HSV then undertook a tricky trip to promoted side Greuther Fürth. Last year, this sort of trip would most likely have ended up in a sloppy 1-1 draw or a shock defeat. But what happened this Saturday under the new culture?
A tight but deserved 1-0 victory and the move up to 8th in the table, tied on points with Düsseldorf for final the Europa League spot. It wasn’t a fantastic victory, and, such as against Mönchengladbach and even Hannover, HSV looked sheepish and nervous once they took the lead. There is still a lot of room for improvement, and the squad is still far from it’s potential. But isn’t it wonderful that these Hamburgers can be growing into themselves while winning three out of four? Won’t it be lovely when the team plays with confidence after going ahead and plays to bury the opponent rather than play to hold on for dear life?
Anyway, Heung Min Son is springing to life at long last. The talent was always there, but with the addition of VdV creating space for the South Korean (as well as some growing maturity), he’s suddenly turning into a goal machine with flair. His run and goal against Fürth was very impressive, even if his game still needs to be more consistent when building up play for others.
Artjoms Rudnevs, meanwhile, needs to be better. He’s starting to get into things and is still much better than Marcus Berg, but he needs to know when to not be a selfish striker sometimes (VdV looked absolutely livid when Rudnevs shot the ball into the side-netting rather than pass in front of the wide open Fürth goal) as well as how to finish when given a one-on-one with the keeper. He’s physical and somewhat pacey, and has shown that he can make intelligent runs to get open – but he needs to finish more of the chances he’s been getting. The consistency will come with more knowledge of the league as well as his teammates, hopefully.
Michael Mancienne and René Adler were both tremendous once more. Mancienne has had a couple of awful games in his HSV career, but all of the sudden he’s looking like the player that the English media were so high on when he transferred before last season. Him and Diekmeier are making steps in the right direction every game.
That being said, Adler saved us points once more – which shouldn’t be necessary. Bayern München have a wonderful goalie in Manuel Neuer, but he almost never needs to do anything. HSV are no Bayern, but you get what I’m trying to say – the less wonder saves, the better!
I was unable to watch the game this weekend as my life is no longer just of an unemployed idiot lounging around his parents’ home, but I should be able to watch HSV take on the surprisingly awful (but always dangerous) Stuttgart in two weeks. Leave your HSV lovin’ and thoughts on players below! Nur der HSV!