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Slomka: Hamburg prepared for play-off

Hamburg face dropping down from the top flight for the first time after a disappointing season saw them finish third bottom, just one point clear of automatic relegation.

They face Greuther in a two-legged tie and, although their opponents have only lost once in their last 14 matches, Slomka believes that his side are favourites.

"We want to cause them a surprise or two," he said. "We've prepared ourselves for Furth.

"This is a huge challenge for them, but they've played very well recently.

"We are the Bundesliga team and we are the favourites. We need to deliver on that.

"We need to play with a high tempo and play with energy and intensity. Tension can also be something positive.

"We played better in Mainz than the result suggested. But the games we've played recently mean nothing now. It's all about Furth."

The two sides meet for the first leg on Thursday at the Imtech Arena, with the return match on Sunday.