The times when coaches smoked on the sidelines were Hamburg's glory days. They were also Thomas Berthold's teenage years. He enjoyed the Clasico between HSV and Munich, and sees a tiny glimmer of hope for a return to that rivalry.
Cologne's dreadful first half of the season has put them top of everyone's list of relegation candidates. However, a victory over Hamburg on Matchday 19 could provide the club with a glimmer of hope.
Domenico Tedesco's appointment flew under the radar and his team are doing the same. After a patchy start, Schalke are rising up the table and they welcome a Hamburg side treading water, as the Bundesliga returns.
Hamburg ended a run of four straight defeats in a goalless Nordderby against Werder Bremen. Both sides had chances to break the deadloock, but it was 20-year-old Japanese debutant Tatsuya Ito who stood out.
Klaus-Michael Kühne, the billionaire businessman behind Hamburger SV, has said he cannot continue to finance the club in the current market. Kühne has invested an estimated 60 million euros in the Bundesliga club.
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