HSV: duel monster, pass king! That is what makes Mario Vuskovic so valuable



Croatian cracker Vuskovic!

“The fans in Split follow ex-Hajduk player Mario Vuskovic’s games with great interest. There is also a traditional bond with HSV. ”

Slaven Alfirevic (61) has been working as a sports reporter for the Croatian daily Slobodan Dalmacija for 42 years and is enthusiastic about the good performance of his compatriot in the defense center of Hamburg.

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Vuskovic (20) is next to Sweden keeper Marko Johansson and Whirlwind Faride Alidou THE positive surprise in the squad of the second division team.

After the hamstring of Jonas David (21), who had been playing strong up until then, in autumn, the U21 national player moved into the starting line-up and is currently indispensable.

Because the numbers of the loan professional (HSV contract until 2023, 3.5 million euros purchase option) are impressive:

► With Vuskovic on the pitch, HSV scored 17 points in eight games (2.1 per game). Without him there were only 13 in ten encounters (1.3).

► In Mario’s 549 minutes of play, Hamburg only conceded five goals, i.e. one every 110 minutes on average. Without him, it hit every 82 minutes.

► The Croatian won 67 percent of his duels, making him the third best duel in the league behind Darmstadts Lasse Sobiech (71%) and Werder’s Ömer Toprak (68%).

► Vuskovic has a fine edge in defense and only committed four fouls in eight league games.

► His pass rate is also top – with 94 percent the best of all HSV players.

At the club, they are not only happy about the Croatian’s strong performance, but also about his behavior within the team. Sports director Michael Mutzel (42): “Mario is an asset to HSV in terms of his type and personality, both on the pitch and in the dressing room. We are happy to have him with us. ”

Curiously, the pandemic helped transfer the defensive man with a strong header to Hamburg. At first, HSV seemed to have no chance in courting Vuskovic against Serie A teams. But planning uncertainties in Corona times made the Italian clubs hesitate for so long that Split then gave Hamburg the contract.

By the way: Mario still has hope of jumping on the World Cup train. Even if national coach Zlatko Dalic (55) has so far relied on top division stars like Josko Gvardiol (19 / Leipzig) or Dejan Lovren (32 / St.Petersburg) in central defense. But the tide can turn quickly – as the athletic advancement of Vuskovic at HSV proves …

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