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Football: Fink gets harsh with Hamburg after Bayern debacle

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Hamburg coach Thorsten Fink has had harsh words with his side after their 9-2 drubbing at Bayern Munich ahead of Saturday's home clash with Freiburg in their hunt for a Europa League place.

Hamburg were humiliated at Bayern's Allianz Arena last Saturday as the runaway Bundesliga leaders raced into a 5-0 lead at half-time, but Hamburg can get back amongst the European places if they see off Freiburg at home.

"We got down to the brass tacks and the team gets it," said Fink in Thursday's press conference.

"We can't undo the result and we have to learn from it, we must take something new and better from it.

"It was a wake up call for the future."

As a consequence of the heavy defeat, Fink is expected to revert to a diamond formation in midfield behind strikers Son Heung-Min of South Korea and Latvia's Artjoms Rudnevs.

Just a point separates Hamburg, who are ninth in the league, and seventh-placed Freiburg and time is running out to secure their Europa League place, which demands finishing fifth or sixth in the German league.

"We have seven games left in which we can make this season positive," said Fink.

Germany midfielder Marcell Jansen, who missed the Munich debacle with injury, said he expects to see a change in the team's mentality.

"We must push our luck and give 100 percent," said the left-back.

"That was a really bad day in Munich, which shouldn't have happened.

"Now we go on. We shouldn't tear ourselves apart and have to get it under control against Freiburg. We can still get on the right path."

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