Ostrzolek aiming for strong finish

Even though Hamburger SV are pretty much safe from relegation this season, Matthias Ostrzolek is determined to finish as positively as possible.

The 25-year-old full-back has been a vital component for Hamburg this term, playing in all but two of their Bundesliga matches and picked up the Man-of-the-Match award in their recent 2-1 win over derby rivals SV Werder Bremen.

Their final home of the campaign is against VfL Wolfsburg before travelling to FC Augsburg on the final day. With the club currently 11th in the Bundesliga with just two games to play, relegation is unlikely, but Ostrzolek is determined to end the season well to ensure their safety.

“Everyone of us knows that we have unnecessarily dropped points and that we could have won more. That is my motivation for the final two games of the season,” he told the club’s website.

“Tough to say whether or not 38 will be enough so we must go all out to add to our tally. We would have liked to have secured top-flight status in Mainz last weekend but sadly failed to do so. Now we want to do it against Wolfsburg.

“We want to end the season on a high and want six points from our final two games. We saw last season how important it is to go into the summer break on a positive note. Last season we won the relegation playoff to stay up.”