Ruud: Hamburg must deal with flak

The Bundesliga side take a narrow 2-1 lead into their quarter-final

second-leg meeting with Standard in Belgium (kick-off 8.05pm).

Hamburg on Monday hit striker Paolo Guerrero with a club record

fine after he threw a plastic bottle at a fan who was shouting

abuse at him after Sunday’s goalless draw with Hannover. The German

Football Association (DFB) have also launched an investigation into

the Peruvian’s conduct. Guerrero has been included in Bruno

Labbadia’s squad for the match with Standard, though. “The club has

clarified things with Paolo. For me the issue is past,” Van

Nistelrooy, who scored the winner in the first leg, said in an

interview with the Bild newspaper. “I am, thank God, not the

chairman. I am Paolo’s team-mate. I want to progress with him in

the Europa League on Thursday. “Of course the fans can whistle –

they can do what they want. I have played before in front of 90,000

spectators and they whistled after five minutes. “We as a team have

to accept that. We will be also be celebrated when we score goals.”

Hamburg’s first-leg victory is their only win in their last six

games, but Van Nistelrooy admits Standard’s away goal will give

them hope. He added: “We go into the game 2-1 in front. We have to

progress. Even if Liege say that the away goal in Hamburg was

important for them.” Fellow striker Mladen Petric fancies Hamburg

to score. “Up front we are always good for a goal,” the Croatian

said on the club’s official website. The first-leg defeat was

Standard’s first defeat in the Europa League this season and their

first in all European competition since losing 2-0 at Arsenal in

the Champions League in November. They, like their opponents, are

in far from impressive form in the league. They went down at 1-0 at

struggling Racing Genk at the weekend and have won just one game

since February.