In the wake of Thorsten Fink's dismissal, which followed a 6-2 defeat to Borussia Dortmund a week ago, Rodolfo Cardoso and Tomas Rincon have been placed in temporary charge of a club eagerly seeking to forge an identity after two years of unfulfilled promises.
"What matters is that we get three points and forget everything that has gone on before," said Cardoso at the pre-game press conference.
"It's not important that we play particularly pretty football."
That would be unlikely anyway in a northern derby, even if Cardoso was only trying to emphasise how the result is more important than the performance.
"We need 11 warriors on the field, and three points," Rincon added.
Bremen could also do with three points after slipping down the table with three consecutive defeats.
They have been able to focus fully on themselves this week with coach Robin Dutt ditching the habitual video analysis of the opponents following Fink's firing.
"The question is not what Hamburg are going to do, but we have got to ask ourselves what we have to do to get the points," Dutt said.
"We cannot know what tactics Hamburg are going to play so there is no point this week in making any considerations about that.
"That has left us more time to discuss things with the players after the 3-0 defeat to Frankfurt."
That result could have consequences for some members of Dutt's side as he rings the changes in a bid to stop the rot.
The Hamburg pack is reshuffled, meanwhile, with the new coaching team set to make alterations with Marcell Jansen likely to return.