For employees of all Bundesliga clubs, there is a ban on betting for good reasons, which currently means that Felix Magath has lost a fortune. Magath, 68, took over as coach of Hertha BSC mid-March. Since then, he has often expressed his firm belief that Hertha would end up relegated after the 34th round.
Well, voila: On Saturday, his team gave up their last chance to stay in class during their normal 34-day working time of matches. A 1-0 lead at Borussia Dortmund turned into a 2-1 defeat shortly before the end when BVB hit the gas pedal again. Because Stuttgart beat Cologne in the last minute, the Swabian team overtook Berlin in the standings. Hertha has to fall back in the 16th table. The ten-year-old former couldn’t be worse for Berlin: In 2012, Hertha was relegated to then-second division team Fortuna Düsseldorf – also with a veteran coach (Otto Rehhagel).
“If only he had kept his mouth shut…” Hertha coach Freddy Bobic told Magath Oracle as he stood in front of the team bus after a long period of the Dortmund drama. Bobbik meant that half jokingly and the other half seriously. Who likes to shiver?
No one clearly feared more than Ingo Schiller, Hertha’s chief financial officer. If he is only interested in numbers, then he should already be happy. The well-filled stadium brings money into the coffers on Thursday (8:30pm), which are completely empty despite the well-established €374m from investor Lars Windhurst. When Schiller came out of the cabin tunnel and walked into his car, he looked so pale that one might think that Magath, the prophet, had looked at a glass ball in the cabin and then commented on questions regarding the end of the world.
“We have legitimate prospects of staying in the league against those three in the second division,” Magath said.
There was no evidence of this, quite the contrary. According to Magath’s own statement, he looked beaming in Hertha’s changing room. He saw players with hanging heads and spoke even more forcefully against defeatism.
“Our team has presented itself here in Dortmund as a club in the Bundesliga. That is why I am confident of it. We have legitimate prospects of staying in the second division against the third-placed team,” said Magath. especially you worst case Avoid: “At least we managed to improve from 17th to 16th. That is why we achieved our first goal and avoided direct relegation,” Magath confirmed.
His mood seemed as if he had just found out that Elvis was alive and that he was in the mood for rock ‘n’ roll. “I’m looking forward to it! Two beautiful games again, full house again, more pressure, more tension. Awesome!” He yelled at ARD when asked if he was concerned about the mental state of Anxious Herta. How convinced is his that his eleven will bear the pressure of the drop, which still has an effect exaggerated, as they say in the world of acting. Magat smiled slightly mischievously and very relaxed.
Only when the language turned into another speculation he once made, namely that his beloved Hamburger SV, whose fans consider Magath a legend, would become Hertha’s opponents for relegation to First Class, did his gaze darken. “I’ve always felt uncomfortable over thinking,” Magath said the day before HSV’s win in Rostock. “Of course it will be a difficult match for me.” and Lhertha.
Because it: specialized in awarding match points: only in the third to last round in Bielefeld (1-1), then in the penultimate round against Mainz (1-2); The summary of the match in Dortmund fits well with the series: Hertha advanced 1-0 through Isaac Belvodel’s penalty and managed to continue playing until the 84th minute – despite Erling Haaland’s equalizer, sent to Manchester. To secure the retention of the class directly. One point was enough for Hertha. Then BVB Yusuf Mukoko entered and the 17-year-old striker’s first shot landed inside the post and then into the goal to make it 2-1.
“Of course, something like that suits our situation as well” – although he knows Hertha has done a lot this season to stay in good spirits at key moments, coach Freddy Bobic said of the pool goal. “If we had always shown a performance like today, we wouldn’t have to talk about relegation,” Magath said, even though the Eredivisie dealt with it poorly in the first half. Loud whistles blew at half-time.
“It’s not about sports anymore. It’s definitely not football,” Magath said of the penalty to BVB.
The fact that Dortmund started with a penalty kick, which was as controversial as modern hand penalties, also fit Hertha’s position. When Dortmund took a free kick from the edge of the penalty area, Hertha’s Santi Ascacibar diverted the ball, the ball flew from the Argentine’s shoulder to Marvin Platthardt, and the fact that he had his hand out and touched the ball took the entire southern position and half of Dortmund is correct, but not referee Styler. The referee still whistled because his teammates in Cologne’s basement found, according to the photos, he should impose a penalty. He should.
Bobic was upset, but he knew how to differentiate, and did not blame Stieler: “This is a crazy rule. The ball deflected, and the player can’t react,” complained the manager. Magath also expressed his lack of understanding: “It’s no longer about sports. Especially football,” said the man, who has sat on the bench in more than 500 matches as a coach in the Bundesliga. To make matters worse, at least from Hertha’s point of view, Ascacibar saw the yellow card. Thus he was banned in the first relegation match.
In the weeks under the leadership of Magath, Ascacipar always played in the defensive midfield, ensuring aggressiveness and ball security. On Saturday, the coach was still guessing who could replace him. Nor was it certain whether goalkeeper Marcel Lutka could play in the relegation zone, he literally kissed the post during the rescue before the break and played, as Hertha confirmed on Sunday, for 45 minutes with a mild concussion and a broken nose.
Hertha coach Bobic honestly said: “We still have two games to go and we have to fix it in the two games. This is the last chance, our last ray of hope.”