Bundesliga preview: Hamburg boss Mirko Slomka expects tough start against Borussia Dortmund

Mirko Slomka: Ready for Borussia Dortmund clash

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Mirko Slomka commences life as coach of Hamburg this Saturday with a major challenge on his hands against Borussia Dortmund.

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.

Bundesliga

POS PTS
1 Bay Munich 59
2 Leverkusen 43
3 B Dortmund 42
4 Schalke 40
5 Wolfsburg 36
6 M'gladbach 34
7 Mainz 33
8 Hertha 31
9 FC Augsburg 31
10 Hoffenheim 25
11 Hannover 24
12 Frankfurt 21
13 W Bremen 21
14 Nurnberg 20
15 Stuttgart 19
16 Freiburg 18
17 Hamburg 16
18 E Braunschweig 15
Table last updated 16/02/2014 18:24

"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.