Holtby hits back at the media

Hamburg midfielder Lewis Holtby was not happy with the reaction to his side's 5-0 thrashing at the hands of Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich on Friday.

Die Rothosen have not enjoyed a good start to the new season, getting knocked out of the DFB Pokal in the first round by FC Carl Zeiss Jena, who ply their trade in the German fourth tier, 3-2 after extra time.

The drubbing at the hands of Bayern in the league followed just four days later, putting huge pressure on Hamburg to perform in their second top-flight game of the season against Stuttgart on Saturday.

Speaking before the club's midweek friendly against Cagliari, Holtby insisted the result against Bayern was not the end of the world and would not get drawn into the negative comments about his club.

"It's the first game, against the champions, against a very good side in Germany – in the world – and we need to keep on going, keep on working hard and training and forget this game and try to get the positives out of this game," he told ESPN FC.

"The first half was ok and what the people say now from outside, I don't give a… damn.

"I don't read newspapers, I don't want to follow something people write who have no idea and try to put some negativity into the club, so I don't give a damn what people write."