Hamburg eye European League spot, says coach Fink

Reuters, Tuesday 30 Apr 2013

The German club lie eighth in the Bundesliga

Hamburg's Heiko Westermann, in front, reacts after Schalke's Klaas-Jan Huntelaar of the Netherlands, right, scored during the German first division Bundesliga football match between FC Schalke 04 and Hamburg SV in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, Sunday, April 28, 2013 (Photo: AP)

Hamburg SV are aiming to win their last three games of the season to snatch a Europa League spot for next season despite heavy recent defeats, coach Thorsten Fink said on Tuesday.

The former European champions have enjoyed another lacklustre season and lie eighth in the Bundesliga, a point off the European spots.

"Our aim is to get all nine points out of the remaining games," Fink told the Hamburger Morgenpost newspaper. "If we do that then we are 100 percent in Europe. A win against Wolfsburg this week puts us right back in business."

It has been far from plain sailing for Hamburg in recent weeks after being demolished 9-2 by champions Bayern Munich a month ago and losing 4-1 to Schalke 04 on Sunday. They have conceded 16 goals in their last five games.

"We still have the chance of a positive surprise and compete in the Europa League. That is positive pressure," said Fink. "It is this enthusiasm that I want to see against Wolfsburg. It's got to be there."

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