Fink desperate to take points off Dortmund

Hamburg coach Thorsten Fink has told his side to "scratch, bite and fight" when they face Borussia Dortmund on Saturday.

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If they were the same words he cried out prior to the northern Germany side's past two meetings with the Westphalians, then few can fault him for sticking with tradition.

That is because Hamburg were the only side to complete a double over Dortmund last season.

"Certainly both of those games are still in the back of our minds," said Fink.

"But we can't get anything for them today [Friday]. We've got to put our foot down from the very beginning, scratch, bite and fight.

"I'm looking forward to it and maybe we can be the first team to take two points off Dortmund this season, but if we want to do that, we have got to raise our level."

A year ago, Hamburg ended Dortmund's club record 31-game unbeaten streak with a 3-2 home win.

They followed that up with an equally unexpected 4-1 triumph at the Westfalenstadion, where they go to on Saturday looking for a repeat.

"We know how to survive there," said goalkeeper Rene Adler. "We can only succeed when we are all at our best."

Those two defeats have riled Dortmund, who have two reasons to want revenge.

"At home, we played really badly and deserved to lose, but the game in Hamburg was an odd affair," said Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp.

"We now have a score to settle."

Robert Lewandowski should be fit to lead the Dortmund attack after recovering from a knee injury, but Jakub Blaszczykowski is a doubt with a knee injury he picked up while on international duty for Poland.



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