Hertha before the end of the explosive season – BZ – The Voice of Berlin

from BZ / dpa

First Bielefeld, then Mainz. Herta missed the rescue twice on her own. And Bayern Munich isn’t giving enough help to stay in the classroom either. Berliners are now facing an explosive week. You can’t lose in Dortmund.

“Regeneration”. Hertha responded to the new situation with this apt headline on its homepage.

No confetti, no party in the Bundesliga club, as last rival Stuttgart drew 2-2 over Bayern Munich.

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That’s why there is an extra big turn on Saturday (3.30pm) on runners-up Borussia Dortmund, as the collapse in 16th and the associated relegation matches against the third-placed team in the second division must be prevented.

What is the starting point before the last match in the Bundesliga?

Berliners still have everything in their hands. With a draw or win in Dortmund, it will guarantee a fifteenth place. Elimination would be ideal. If Herta loses, it becomes suspicious.

FB Stuttgart is three points behind but clearly has a better goal difference. So if the Swabians win their home game against 1. FC Köln, they can still get past Berlin. Hertha had to enter the relegation matches in 16th place.

Hertha coach Felix Magath believes his team should be relegated. At least that’s what he’s talking about (archive photo)

What is coach Felix Magath’s reaction to the situation?

The magician pretends to be a pessimist. Immediately after the 2-1 draw against Mainz, he called to prepare for the relegation matches – although there was still a chance of a direct rescue.

Magath wants to build and wake up with his negative ways. The mood has been very positive for the 68-year-old lately, and the league looked close to being over. Until now, Magath has always been right in his prophecies.

What is the weekly schedule?

The planned free Sunday has already been cancelled. Breakfast and training are scheduled together for Mother’s Day.

But on Monday, the Hertha pros had a day off to renew. Target preparations for Dortmund begin on Tuesday. Daily training is normal. Magath will take a stand at the press conference on Thursday, and on Friday we will head west.

Lucas Tousart and his colleagues at Hertha failed to survive on their own.  At least one point is needed in Dortmund

Lucas Tousart (right) and Kevin-Prince Boateng look at them. I hope it’s not Saturday in Dortmund Photo: Alliance / Ebner image Click on the image

Who are the potential opponents of relegation?

Also in the second league you have to count the last day of the game. Werder has a three-point lead over HSV and Darmstadt and needs one point ahead of Regensburg for second place.

With a better goal difference, HSV is level on points against Darmstadt in the relegation zone and has to go to Rostock. The Hessians play at home against Paderborn. St. Pauli is three points behind and has an even worse goal difference. Magath expects his former team HSV to finish third.

How do landing games work?

Two games decide who is in the league. On May 19, the Bundesliga club initially acquired the rights to the house. On May 23, the second leg of the third degree is approaching. As in the European Cup, the away goals rule has been abolished. If there is a tie after both games, extra time and possibly penalties will follow.

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HSV fought his way back to relegation

What is Hertha’s experience in relegation matches?

Not good. It happened ten years ago. Herta had to take 16th place in the table. In the knockout matches against the third in the second division Fortuna Dusseldorf. Hertha coach at the time: Otto Rehhagel. On May 10, 2012, the Berlin team played at home and lost 2-1 despite being in the lead. In the second leg, the biggest scandal was with the storming of Fortuna fans – and the relegation by 2:2.

Hertha manager Freddy Bobic

A difficult task for Hertha manager Freddy Bobic Photo: XX / XX

What will be the consequences of landing on Hertha?

There will be a change, regardless of the league. With the staff as well as in the structures. Managing Director Freddy Bubeck has already announced it. But in the second section, economic conditions will be much worse. Losses will have to be compensated by millions, and most importantly, how will investor Lars Windhurst react?

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