In spite of standing up to angry supporters final term, Hamburg’s Lewis Holtby conceded he deserved criticism in 2014-15.
Hamburg’s Lewis Holtby labelled criticism of him “understandable” but he’s confident his second season together with the Bundesliga club will likely be much better.
Holtby joined Hamburg on loan from Tottenham just before the 2014-15 season but the attacking midfielder failed to hit the back from the net all through the Bundesliga campaign, because the northern club went inside minutes of being relegated for the initial time in their history.
With an impressive looking squad which includes Holtby, Ivica Olic, Rafael van der Vaart and Valon Behrami – Hamburg fans were unimpressed as their club moved towards the Bundesliga’s promotion-relegation play-off for the second straight year.
Holtby confronted some of the club’s supporters as Hamburg dropped for the bottom from the Bundesliga towards the finish of last term right after taking situation with claims Bruno Labbadia’s men had been not trying, however the 24-year-old was more conciliatory when speaking to Kicker on Wednesday.
“I have also wondered about my overall performance. I expected some thing else from me,” mentioned Holtby, who notched two assists in 22 games in 2014-15.
“The fee for me was high, expectations also, so in large parts the criticism is understandable.”
Hamburg made Holtby’s move to Imtech Arena permanent final week as well as the former Schalke man is hopeful of creating additional of an effect in 2015-16 as he enters his initially suitable pre-season with all the club.
Holtby spent substantially of pre-season a year ago with Tottenham, when he missed Hamburg’s winter break coaching period because of a broken collarbone.
“I see this phase now as pretty critical for me,” he said.
“I would like to be the player who I as soon as was for HSV [Hamburg].”
Holtby added that Hamburg’s two-legged play-off win more than Karlsruher – a year right after they avoided relegation against Greuther Furth – had helped make some group spirit, which he hopes to make on in the upcoming campaign.
Hamburg defeated Karlsruher 3-2 on aggregate but necessary a stoppage-time free-kick from Marcelo Diaz to force additional time, exactly where Nicolai Muller scored the winner.
“We became a actual loved ones inside the last weeks of final season. It would be nice if HSV can take the power from this relegation battle into the future,” Holtby stated.
Hamburg’s initially pre-season friendly might be held away to Borussia Monchengladbach on Sunday.
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