Relegation issues postponed until the last day of the match: Hertha BSC and the desire for drama – sports

Like many ordinary people, the Hertha BSC also used the corona pandemic to beautify their own homes a bit. Photo walls now adorn the road to the playing field in the locker room at the Olympic Stadium, and important goals from the recent past can be seen in a continuous loop on two TV screens just before the stairs to the interior.

Captain Dedryck Boyata scored an important goal against FC Schalke in the fight against relegation. Davie Selke scores against Leipzig, Krzysztof Piatek in the victory against 1. FC Union and Suat Serdar in a spectacular way against Liverpool.

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Saturday night and the home game against FSV Mainz 05 would have been a good opportunity for the current Hertha vintage to write history as well. But apart from a penalty kick, which Davie Selke converted to 1-1 for his team, Hertha had nothing to celebrate. Not Saturday nor Sunday. Because Bayern only played 2-2 against Stuttgart, the Berliners actually had to shake off staying in the Bundesliga until the last match day.

A victory for Munich against VfB would have made Hertha’s relegation perfect. Like a victory of Berlin against Mainz the night before. But instead of taking care of things herself, Hertha suffered a depressing 2-1 (1-1) defeat at the almost sold-out Olympic Stadium. “This is football. You can not choose,” said Hertha midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng. “It went like we did not want it.”

However, this is exactly what many had expected. Why easy, if complicated is another option? That Hertha has a penchant for dramatic turns could already be seen the week before, when the team led 1-0 against Arminia Bielefeld, wasted the huge chance to 2-0 shortly before the end – and cashed in the equalizer in the added. time. Bayern’s draw also fit perfectly into the picture.

Hertha is going to Dortmund on the last day of the match

The only good thing for Hertha is that the team still has it in their own hands on the last day of the match: Hertha would be saved with a win or a draw in Borussia Dortmund – no matter how VfB’s home match against 1. FC Köln ends.

“We made a great effort to get into this situation at all,” said Davie Selke, who even cheered for a brief moment in extra time in the match against Mainz for the supposed equalizer. But the battle did not count because Selke had pushed his opponent away a little too clearly, who then flew a little too clearly through the air. It fit just as much into the overall situation as the shot on the post by U-19 player Luca Wollschläger, who had just been substituted a few moments earlier.

It’s probably scenes like this that confirm Hertha’s coach Felix Magath in his basic skepticism that nurture his pessimism and make him expect the worst. Magath, the viewer from Schenckendorffplatz, spoke unsolicited about the relegation after the defeat against Mainz, and after being explicitly asked about it, he replied: “As a professional, as I consider myself to be, I am preparing for the worst case scenario. . “

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This also does not necessarily include assuming that Hertha will win with waving flags in Dortmund. “I have no idea how you judge football now,” Magath replied when asked if he had any confidence in his team against BVB. “We play against the other in the table, we are fifteenth in the table. I would say that second place wins more matches than loses at home against 15th place.”

One might consider this skepticism to be exaggerated, even slightly influenced. On the other hand, if anyone enjoys dramatic twists, it’s probably Hertha BSC. On Saturday, everything was ready for a conciliatory end to what was once again an overly turbulent season. The defeat to Bielefeld the night before had further eased the situation. Hertha can no longer descend directly. “I was convinced we could play a better match because of the better, less powerful situation,” Magath said.

Hertha seemed inhibited, not inspired

But his team did not seem inspired by the prospect of rescue against Mainz, but rather hampered. “We were not in the fight, we were not fresh in the head,” Boateng said. “Much of what has characterized us in the last few weeks was missing: the liveliness, the calmness of the ball, the wisdom.”

After a good start with great zeal, Hertha let the opponent find his way into the match quite unchallenged. “We behaved more and more passively and let Mainz play the game,” Magath complained. “The team somehow reduced the effort and tried to play more. But we are not that far yet. In that respect, we chose the wrong method.” Felix Magath was asked on Saturday night what consequences he would draw from the realization that the team could not cope with the lower pressure. “That she needs more pressure,” he replied.

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