Hertha BSC and the situation in the relegation battle: Felix Magath is starting to have an effect – sport

That Felix Magath is grumpy just for being grumpy is an assertion that can be easily refuted. Magath, the coach of Hertha BSC, may also be different; to be merciful and extremely forgiving, for example. He was also on Sunday night after his team’s 2-0 victory over VfB Stuttgart. Be lenient with the judge.

In the game itself, he was sometimes upset by Felix Brych and his interpretation of the rules, but when Magath was later asked specifically about his performance, he replied: “I would rate the referee’s performance as good, even if I did not agree. with every whistle. “

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He did not show his own team so much indulgence in the wake of the match. Magath sounded surprisingly sober after a success in the relegation battle, celebrated euphorically by the audience and players, after a so-called big point in a duel with a direct competitor. “I do not know who will be euphoric with Hertha after this match,” Magath said at the press conference, presenting a wide range of shortcomings.

His team had been way too passive, he grumbled. After the strong opening phase, which he estimated lasted only five minutes, and the early 1-0 through Davie Selke, the game was “basically handed over to the opponent”, Magath complained that VfB had been invited to play. “In the end, it was a lucky win against a VfB team that was better here.”

Magath’s analysis did not necessarily match the impression of the nearly 55,000 spectators in the stands. VfB fans disliked their team’s performances, while Berlin fans left the Olympic Stadium in a state of rare bliss after all the months of dissatisfaction. The prospect that Hertha will continue to be represented in the Bundesliga in the coming season has no longer been an unrealistic utopia since no later than Sunday night.

Magath wants to prevent premature calm

Why Magath was so critical of his team will remain his secret. Perhaps he was still under the impression of the match, which had only been settled in Hertha’s favor by Ishak Belfodil’s 2-0 in the third minute of extra time. Perhaps – and this is probably the more realistic interpretation – it was a matter of calculation. Magath would probably prevent something like premature calm from spreading among his team with all his might.

After two victories in a row, the situation for the Berliners is actually almost pleasant, at least much friendlier than they had dared to dream of just a few weeks ago. At best, they will remain in the class already next weekend – but Hertha is dependent on outside help (from VfL Wolfsburg against VfB Stuttgart) for this. But at least the Berliners can prevent direct relegation two matches before the end on their own – with a victory on Saturday at Arminia Bielefeld.

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“I do not see it as you do,” Magath said of such optimistic calculations. He still sees the danger if Hertha were to lose to Bielefeld, number two from the bottom: “It is still in danger to stay in the league.” But not only the table constellation speaks for Hertha, but also the team’s appearance under the new coach.

Felix Magath begins to take effect. Hertha have won three out of five matches under his auspices, and the Berliners have not conceded a goal in all three victories. They managed to do that just as often in the 26season matches before Magath. “Hertha did well defensively,” said Pellegrino Matarazzo, coach of VfB Stuttgart.

The foundation is again in order at Hertha BSC

The foundation is right: the defense, the commitment, the team spirit. All points that are important to Magath. “You can see that we are a team again. That is the real reason why we are successful, “said Hertha’s coach. After Belfodil’s goal to 2-0, the whole team ran to goal scorer, including goalkeeper, goalkeeping coach and playing suit.

That was what Magath teased out of the team. And what gives hope for the last three games of this nerve-wracking season. The players see it the same way. “Felix Magath is the right person for us in the situation we are in,” said goalkeeper Marcel Lotka. “With him we keep the hour.”

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