Things are tight in the Bundesliga relegation race heading into the final game of the season. Steve Cherundolo and Hannover 96 face Bochum as both sides attempt to avoid relegation. Hannover (30 pts) are ahead of Bochum (28 pts) but only a win for Cherundolo's team will guarantee survival. Nurnberg also sit within striking distance on 28 points and their -27 goal differential is equal to Hannover's. Nervy stuff to be sure.
We asked Cherundolo, Hannover's vice-captain and longest serving player about the matchup this weekend:
“Tomorrow is a huge day for us. It’s a remarkable situation in the Bundesliga that going into the final matchday there are three teams that could be safe, could go into a playoff or be relegated. We travel to play Bochum where it’s essentially winner take all. In that sense, it’s like a Cup final.”
“In an odd way, it’s a fitting end to the season. We have so much deal to deal with as a team this year: the death of a team mate, something like 14 or 15 players needing surgeries, crazy scorelines, freak own goals … it’s been a season full of everything. Hopefully we can finish this thing on an up.”
“So much is riding on the game for the club, the fans, and the city, but you have to block that out. You can’t go into big games with extra baggage. There have been a lot of curve balls this year, some of our own making, but it’s good that we still have the outcome in our own hands.”