Hertha: Magath thinks fragmentation of game day is wrong

Hertha BSC want to stay in the league alone. Coach Felix Magath thinks highly of Saturday’s opponent Mainz 05 – but nothing at all about the fragmentation of the penultimate day of play.

See the end of the 33rd game day with conflict: Felix Magath and Fredi Bobic (right).
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“I was surprised and I think it’s wrong to split the penultimate day of the match,” Magath said at the match day’s press conference on Friday. The previous practice of playing all games at the same time on the penultimate day “had proved its worth”. The fact that this has been abandoned “irritates me,” says Magath. “We now have a situation where some play Friday, others Sunday and we Saturday. We are in the middle of it. One can speculate that it may cause problems.”

The background is of an economic nature with the design of the TV contracts. “It was discussed very differently. Of course, it has positive economic effects,” said Hertha CEO Fredi Bobic. “It was decided that way. We can not change that now. It is not decided by three or four people, but by 36 clubs. And the majority wins in the end.”

The competitors Bielefeld and Stuttgart play one day before and after the Berliners. But Magath will look at his own game and nowhere else: “For me it’s about what Hertha BSC does – not what FC Bayern or VfL Bochum (the opponents from Stuttgart and Bielefeld, eds.) Do. It’s not about other clubs “It’s about us. Unfortunately, we were not able to take advantage of the opportunity in Bielefeld to qualify for the first division. Now we have to do it again. It will be difficult enough.”

His criticism of FC Bayern on Saturday after their 3-1 defeat in Mainz (“The season runs until the last match day for all teams. I do not know why a team can say that we do not play until the end of the season this season End and finish three weeks before. It does not earn the Bundesliga or the competition. “) the coach put it in perspective Friday:” It was right after our match in Bielefeld. I just had it without knowing the facts based on the result. The week before there was a rumor of course, Bayern used amateur players.Of course, a team that is German champions after 31 match days has the right to celebrate. Such a thing is part of it and is normal. Anyone who has played such a great season that Bayern can also celebrate “It was out of the question for me.”

“The team is ready”

The coach believes that last week’s blow to the neck, when Hertha shortly before the end in Bielefeld collected the 1-1 draw, had been worked up: “The team was very disappointed after the final whistle last week. They wanted to do it all. Clearly. We talked about that, and that. As the team trained, I’m convinced the team is ready. ” Magath is working on the fact that some in the city and around 15th place consider the relegation almost complete given the constellation – and came up with an emotional, loud prayer on Friday for the Mainz match: “I have played a lot in the last few days addressed by the motto: ‘You can do it.’ This atmosphere – according to the motto: ‘You are already through’ – also characterizes the players. ”

But: “It’s our last home game of this season, there are 70,000 spectators, it’s tingling. This season is not thrown so well and happily. Tomorrow we have to spend 90 minutes of commitment, 90 minutes of passion – then we can say goodbye to everyone fans. ” Bobic called the expected big backdrop “fantastic for Berlin, the fans are mobilized”. The plan is clear: “We must reach the smallest goal we have – and then we can hopefully celebrate together.”

All other topics, including those about the future of the coach and various professionals, were dribbled around by the European champion from 1996 on Friday: “One writes, and then the next writes. And then there is speculation. The only one who has to deal with it in the end, “It’s me. I’m sitting next to our current coach, it’s also about respect. We have to convey the joy of tomorrow’s match today and not talk about who will be the coach or which player will be.”

Mainz for Magath “one of the better Bundesliga clubs”

Behind the scenes, Hertha is working on the future, which also envisions a replacement for the coaching post – possibly with Sandro Schwarz (Dynamo Moscow, kicker reported exclusively on Hertha’s interest). In the present, a weak season should find a reasonably conciliatory end. Magath explicitly warned against Saturday’s opponents Mainz: “Mainz plays very good football this season, has a very good coach and a lot of quality on the team. Mainz is one of the better Bundesliga clubs for me. I am impressed with how this team is playing. ”

That Magath’s time in Berlin tends to end after the last matches against Mainz and Dortmund does not get the old gentleman out of his composure: “We have only ever talked about my commitment lasting until the end of the season. I’m glad that “Fredi gave me the delegated task. I think it’s gone pretty well so far. I’m not worried about what happens in June or July.”

He was “in the good position that he should not do anything – I could well imagine sitting down and waiting for someone to call again next March”. Wait and see – that’s how Magath often did. He did not drive badly with it.

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