Hamburg in relegation battle, admits coach

Hamburg, who take on Hanover on Saturday, will be playing with their backs to the wall to avoid relegation, coach Thorsten Fink warned.


Hamburg are the only top-flight team to have played in the Bundesliga every season since its creation in 1963.

"On Saturday everyone in the stadium, including Hanover, must see a team that is battling against relegation," Fink told reporters. "We will not stop working."

Hamburg were crushed 4-0 by Hoffenheim on Wednesday to remain on 31 points in 14th place, just two points above the relegation play-off spot.

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