The Hamburger SV and red cards – this is currently an ugly combination. Last week, HSV against Wehen-Wiesbaden despite a half-time in excess not over a 1: 1 addition. Against Holstein Kiel HSV had to act after a red card against Bakary Jatta (26) over one hour in the minority. Only late, the HSV found the right formation to hide the minority.
The game in Kiel started promisingly: The HSV dominated the opening phase and let ball and opponents run. Coach Dieter Hecking bet again on a 4-3-3 system. As already against contractions Wiesbaden formed Jeremy Dudziak and David Kinsombi a double eight before sixth Adrian Fein.
The game idea was similar to that march route, which has already applied the HSV in Wiesbaden: Dudziak and Kinsombi offered between the opposing lines. You should direct the ball from there to the outside. That worked well at the beginning of the game: right-back Khaled Narey pushed forward with force.
The first break
After a few minutes, however, there was a break in the game. It took Kiel a few minutes to sort out defensively, but then it was more solid. They played a mix of 4-2-3-1 and 4-3-3. Above all, their man-centered midfield stood out defensively: Fein, Dudziak and Kinsombi were taken into close man coverage. Although Kiel exercised only little pressure on Hamburg defender, but moved aggressively against the Hamburg midfielder.
HSV struggled against this defense. Dudziak tried to avoid the man coverage by dodging far to the right wing. This in turn forced Kinsombi to take on a higher role: he sprinted into the lead, waiting for a pass.
However, this lacked any support for Hamburg's left side. Sonny Kittel, actually the most creative actor this season, hung in the air. Jatta and Narey could not catch this creative hole. They do not convince in combinations, but when they can play their pace. The right-handed game system did not really fit the strengths of the players. The HSV lost relatively often the ball on the right side. Kiel lurked on these ball losses. They wanted to move quickly after ball gains diagonally on the other wing.
The second break: the outnumber
Kiel's counterattacks mostly failed; They did not move aggressively enough out of midfield, nor did they have the necessary accuracy to undermine the HSV defense in the final third. Her great luck was that Jatta made a red worthy foul in the 26th minute. The HSV had to act from now on outnumbered – the second big break of the game.
The HSV acted first in a mixture of 4-2-3 and 4-4-1. At first this seems like a contradiction: a 4-2-3-system with three strikers is very risky in a red card, a 4-4-1 is a very defensive system. That was a bit of the Hamburger problem: they did not know exactly how to handle the outnumber. Sometimes Kinsombi sprinted forward in the pressing, sometimes the team withdrew collectively. A mixture of too offensive and defensive, quasi.
At least they did not lose control of possession at this stage: they also had a few more play than Kiel. This was not least due to a passive Holstein team, which still lurked on fast counterattack. Stupid for the HSV that they served the opponent such a countermeasure on the silver platter. Rick van Drongelen's Fehlpass ushered in the goal.
Better breakdown after the break
During the break, the coaching teams seem to have explained to their proteges how to deal with the red card. Both teams returned from the cab with a clearer focus and a better division. Hecking sent Kittel forward as second striker. The HSV acted henceforth in a 4-3-2; a system that offers compactness, especially in the center. Kiel should be directed to the outside and isolated there.
But also the Kiel storks acted much smarter in halftime two. They played their superiority now clever. They lined up in a fairly defensive 4-3-3 order. Again and again, they shifted the game from full-back to full-back, knowing that a high pressing would have been too risky for HSV. The Kiel system was indeed too defensive to generate Torgefahr; At the front mostly only the three attackers remained. But now they controlled the game.
The HSV did not make the mistake of venturing wildly too soon. Instead, they let Kiel first grant. In their own ball possession phases they acted just as calmly and defensively – they divided their forces. The final spurt should follow late.
He did that too: in the last twenty minutes, HSV was much more actively seeking access to the wings. The HSV also provoked Kiel's center-back to play the ball to the outside. But there Leibold and Narey shot forward much more aggressively. Leibold caught numerous passes. The HSV broke Kiel's dominance. From the 70th minute until the final whistle the Hamburg possession share was 70%.
That Hecking in this phase with Bobby Wood (66th, for Kittel) brought a real second striker, the score was appropriate. The change, however, made for a systematic hole: With three central midfielders HSV was well positioned in the center, they could let the ball run. However, the crucial rooms around the penalty area remained vacant. This was true for both the ten space and the wing positions. The HSV could indeed run ball and opponents. Dangerous balls into the penalty area remained in short supply.
Thus, the equalizer was a bit happy; until the 80th minute, HSV had only six shots left. Finally, they benefited from a Kiel team that acted too passive. In a 4-1-4-1 they wanted to save the lead over time instead of going for the second goal. Thus, the HSV could hit more flanks in the box. A corner kick released the HSV.
Thus rehabilitated the HSV a bit far for the unnecessary 1-1 draw against Wehen-Wiesbaden. This time the roles were wrong: The HSV compensated in outnumbered late. One could say: HSV has taken the example of the Wiesbadener.