Bundesliga preview: Hamburg boss Mirko Slomka expects tough start against Borussia Dortmund
Mirko Slomka commences life as coach of Hamburg this Saturday with a tough challenge against Borussia Dortmund.
Last Updated: 21/02/14 12:44pm
Hamburg have lost seven games in a row, slumping into the bottom two.
It is an almost identical situation to the one Slomka found himself in with former club Hannover before he managed to lead them away from relegation on the final day of the 2009/10 season, and he hopes to perform the same trick further north.
"We still have a chance of climbing the two places we need to climb" he said. "We can beat anybody at home.
"We've got nothing to hide from, not even from Borussia Dortmund."
Hamburg can move out of the bottom three with a win against Jurgen Klopp's men if Freiburg fail to beat Augsburg and Nurnberg lose to bottom-placed Eintracht Braunschweig, although Slomka expects it to be a long and bumpy ride to safety.
"We've got 13 cup finals ahead," Slomka said. "This is just one station along a very, very long path and we're going to have to try to play to our best permanently."
At the top of the table, Bayern Munich face the test of Hannover while second-placed Bayer Leverkusen will be looking to bounce back from their Champions League disappointment against Paris Saint-Germain in midweek when they travel to Wolfsburg.
Schalke have the chance to move above local rivals Borussia Dortmund into third on Friday night when they host Mainz while Borussia Monchengladbach are still looking for their first win in 2014, and they host Hoffenheim on Saturday.
Elsewhere, Stuttgart will be looking to end their six-game losing streak at home to Hertha Berlin while Sunday's games see struggling Werder Bremen head to Eintracht Frankfurt before Bayern's trip to Hannover concludes the weekend's action.