Hamburger SV shot their way back to the top of the table in the 2nd Bundesliga with an assault run.
The team of coach Daniel Thioune defeated his ex-club VfL Osnabrück deservedly 5-0 (2-0) on Monday evening and overtook the previous leader VfL Bochum.
The goals for the hosts were scored by Sonny Kittel (16th minute), Bakery Jatta (42nd, 48th) and Josha Vagnoman (54th) as well as Maurice Trapp from Osnabrück with an own goal (61st).
“I am pleased with the way in which the result came about.
I agreed with what my team offered, ”said the HSV coach.
Hamburg continued their stable streak and have been without defeat for six games (5 wins, 1 draw).
In contrast, the trend at Osnabrück points downwards: The purple-whites conceded their fourth defeat in the past five games.
The team, which was actually strong away with 15 points, showed nothing of dominance on foreign terrain.
"That was an extremely strong performance from us," said HSV captain Tim Leibold.
"The 3-0 after the break was the sticking point."
Osnabrück's coach Marco Grote, who once played in the second HSV team, had previously described the game as a “cool task” and reported that it was “a good feeling”.
However, that turned out to be a blatant mistake.
His defensive line had big problems, duels were lost in abundance.
In addition, VfL's imprecise build-up game invited Hamburg to make quick attacks.
"We lost to the best team in the league," said Grote.
"It was a bit like the rabbit in front of the line."
David Kinsombi from HSV in a duel with Osnabrück's Ludovit Reis
Source: Getty Images / Martin Rose
Hamburg, who played in the same formation for the third time, had little trouble with their rivals.
The hosts were more energetic and more confident in combinations, had significantly more parts of the game and the game was under control at all times.
The guests rarely made it to the HSV penalty area.
Grote tried to create more danger after the break by swapping players and making changes.
The success was extremely modest.
The game was of particular importance to Thioune.
The HSV coach, who grew up in Osnabrück, had played for VfL from childhood and later led the club as a coach from the 3rd to the 2nd league.
“I was part of the success,” said Thioune.
However, he was embarrassed about the fuss about himself.
That is why he wished for “a little less Daniel Thioune” in the media.