Van Gaal has faith in Bayern
Bayern Munich coach Louis van Gaal believes victory in Hamburg tomorrow would put his side back in the race for the Bundesliga title.
The reigning champions came out on top in the corresponding fixture last season, but Van Gaal warns a win this time around is not a foregone conclusion against a Hamburg side ranked three points and five places above them in the Bundesliga.
"That is not necessarily a logical result," he said. "We can lose there, but I have faith in my team and we have won two games without our injured players so we can do so again.
"It is not about playing pretty football, but about winning. If we beat Hamburg, then we are back again."
Bayern are still without the injured Daniel van Buyten, Arjen Robben, Franck Ribery, Mark van Bommel and Miroslav Klose.
Ivica Olic is back in the squad, but Mario Gomez should keep his place in the attack after scoring four in Bayern's last two games. "I am happy if he keeps scoring," added Van Gaal.
Hamburg coach Armin Veh also has good news on the injury front with Mladen Petric returning to training this week and making himself a candidate for a place in the team.
And Veh insists he is going to need every man on board for tomorrow's big test. "Bayern are the biggest club in German football and they have earned this reputation over the years," he said.
"Even though they have plenty of players out, they can still put together a streak of eight wins in a row. But we want to win. We need to win to keep up there and cement our position."