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.