Bert van Marwijk's side have endured a torrid run of form in the Bundesliga but the Bayern Munich boss insists that the league counts for nothing in their DFP-Pokal clash
Bert van Marwijk's men sit second-bottom of the Bundesliga, having won just four league matches all season, and were beaten 3-1 in their previous meeting with the European champions.
The Bayern coach, however, believes that comparing the teams' contrasting league fortunes could prove costly for Die Roten as they bid to maintain their trophy assault this season.
"It would be the biggest mistake if we look at the Bundesliga table. We cannot win a title [on Wednesday], but [we can] lose one," the Spaniard told TZ before the trip to the north of Germany.
"[The situation] is very dangerous. Although they do not have as much self-confidence as us, they have good quality in their team.
"We start the match at 0-0 - what has happened in the past does not matter."
Bayern, currently top of the Bundesliga table, advanced from the last round of the competition with a 2-0 win over Augsburg, while Hamburg secured a 2-1 win over Koln.