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LUHUKAY: "LOTS OF HOPE FOR THE FUTURE"

Once again in this still-young season, the Boys in Brown produced an excellent away performance at FC Nürnberg to take a point back to Hamburg. After the official post-match press conference, head coach Jos Luhukay took further questions from the Hamburg media and talked about...

...naming an unchanged side: "We put in a strong performance against Sandhausen and if you can pick the same 11 lads again then why not place your trust in them?"

...Viktor Gyökeres's VAR goal: "I thought it was a perfectly good goal, though I didn't see exactly what happened in the run-up."

...Mats Møller Dæhli's disallowed goal: "I asked the referee's assistant why the goal didn't count and he said Matt was in the goalkeeper's line of vision. I couldn't see from where I was standing. It's difficult to tell from the touchline."

...Robin Himmelmann's excellent performance: "You want your goalkeeper to be there when you need him and Robin was there. That's obviously very pleasing. Robin is coming into his best form. I'd not experienced him like this before. He's been in great shape in recent weeks, starting from the Kiel game. I'm now seeing the Robin I'd always been hearing about."

...the first quarter of the season: "The results weren't there in the first three games, but it wasn't what we deserved. We should have won at Bielefeld and taken a point at Stuttgart. We came out of pre-season really well, as demonstrated by the performance at Bielefeld. We're on an upward trajectory, are unbeaten in six and sit fifth in the table. I'd have taken that at the start of the season. We've had a lot of injured players and still do, and some players only came back late and had to help out very quickly. All I can say, looking at all the players who are sidelined, is that things can only get better. That gives us lots of hope for the future. We're on a very good footing when you consider the number of injured players will perhaps halve in the next two weeks. We have some good players up our sleeve who are desperate to take their chance."

...the friendly against Werder Bremen: "The players who are injured or carrying knocks will have an opportunity to get back into contention in the next few weeks. I'm really looking forward to the game against Bremen because all the players I haven't seen yet will play."

 

Photo: Witters

 

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