Midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng of German football club Hertha has defended sporting director Freddy Bobic. “The fact that Eintracht just won the European League is thanks to the foundation that Bobic laid six years ago. Bobic is like Lionel Messi among sports directors. You have to give him time,” Boateng told the news magazine. woman.
Bobic worked successfully at Eintracht Frankfurt from 2016 to 2021, including winning the DFB Cup with Boateng in 2018. Last summer, he moved to Berlin, where Hertha recently finished top of the relegation category against Hamburg.
“Hertha is treated in the press like a big club like Real Madrid or Barcelona. If it doesn’t work out after three months, people will ask you to fire you. This is not the case in Frankfurt,” said Boateng.
In addition, Boateng once again indicated that he was in charge of the line-up and tactics in the second leg against HSV. “I gave the speech before the game. Magath wasn’t around at all, the assistant coach sat next to me, put the laser pointer in my hand and said, ‘Talk to the team. I took it really seriously, with the pointer,'” he explained.
For example, he told striker Stefan Jović: “You push, you go to the goalkeeper, I have the six, you go out to the right and so on. After an hour and a half, we drove to the field together and we won. Because it was a badge for me. Now I can also become a coach.”
Boateng approached coach Magath before the second leg
Boateng had approached Magath previously. He said and explained, “We thought about the team what we could do in the second leg. Then at one point I said: ‘Let me talk to the coach. I know how we all think.’ He came to me and asked me how I see my role in the second leg. It is possible. And I have an idea how we should play. He replied: Tell me. Then I explained to him that I would choose the team I would like to play with and said: “If we play like this, we will win and stay in the Bundesliga. I will talk to the players. Believe me, Mr. Magath.” Then he said, “Okay.”
Boateng did not play any role during the reign of Magath’s predecessor Thivon Korkut. “If you’re constantly criticized as a key player and you don’t play, you’re going to have trouble supporting the team. If you don’t play, and always speak loudly like me, people quickly say: ‘Shut up!’ When Magath came, I asked myself what the boys expect of me now. That I’m going to face Magath? That I don’t. I do certain things in training? But what did Prince Boateng do? I did all I had, as much as I could, because I knew: This is Freddy Poppies and also my last chance.”
Boateng tells an anecdote: ‘And this is how I reinforce Magath’
Defending Magath cost him an effort, as Boateng explained with an example: “I remember a training session where I actually said: I don’t do that shit. We should jump up and get two iron bars and then touch the ceiling. Like I used to in school. I thought for a moment: Well, I trained with Ronaldinho, and I played with Lionel Messi, at the Camp Nou in front of 70,000 spectators. I went to the World Cup twice. And now I’m supposed to climb here? I had to overcome my weaknesses, but then I did it. Because I knew that when I climbed, I climbed The whole team. And this is how I strengthen Magath.”
Boateng said the exercise was mastered “after two seconds”. Then his colleagues applauded him. “The assistant coach was speechless, I was so fast. Then I joked: ‘Guys, we’re used to it, we used to go up to the second floor to break in. After these training sessions, I sat in the car and cursed. But I did. I led the way and the team followed me’ “.
Curious: Boateng said he had a premonition even before it was announced that Magath would be the new coach in Berlin. Three days before the announcement, he told teammate Davey Silk, “You’ll see, they’re going to get a magath. I meant that as a gag. Three days later Davy called me at 10 a.m.: ‘Did you see?'” You know yes. Me: “What are you talking about? It’s ten in the morning, I just woke up.” He is: “Magat Trainer”. And I: “Get lost, don’t lie!”