From BZ / dpa
First Bielefeld, then Mainz. Hertha twice missed the rescue on her own. Nor does FC Bayern provide enough help to stay in the class. Now the Berliners are facing an explosive week. You can not lose in Dortmund.
“Renewal”. Hertha responded to the new situation with this appropriate headline on its website.
No confetti, no party in the Bundesliga club as the last rival VfB Stuttgart drew 2-2 in Bayern Munich.
Therefore, there is now a heavy extra guard on Saturday (15.30) at second place Borussia Dortmund, where the crash in 16th place and the associated relegation matches against third place in the 2nd division must be prevented.
What is the starting position before the last Bundesliga match day?
The Berliners still have everything in their own hands. With a draw or a win in Dortmund, 15th place would be secured. Relegation would be perfect. If Hertha loses, it will be skewed.
VfB Stuttgart is three points behind, but clearly has the better goal difference. So if the Swabians win their home game against 1. FC Köln, they can still overtake the Berliners. Hertha had to go into the relegation battles as number 16.
How does coach Felix Magath react to the situation?
The magician pretends to be pessimistic. Immediately after the 2-1 match against Mainz, he shouted out to prepare for the relegation matches – although there is still the possibility of direct rescue.
Magath will build and wake up with his negative tactics. The mood was too positive for the 68-year-old recently and the league seemed almost finished. So far, Magath has always been right with his prophecies.
What is the weekly schedule?
A scheduled free Sunday has already been canceled. Breakfast and workout together were planned for Mother’s Day.
On Monday, however, the Hertha pros had a day off to regenerate. Targeted preparation for Dortmund begins on Tuesday. Daily training is a matter of course. Magath will take a stand at the press conference on Thursday, and on Friday we will head west.
Who are the possible opponents in the relegation?
Also in the 2nd league you have to count on the last day of play. Werder is three points ahead of HSV and Darmstadt and is missing one point against Regensburg for second place.
With the better goal difference, HSV is on points ahead of Darmstadt in the relegation zone and is going to Rostock. The Hessians play at home against Paderborn. St. Pauli is three points behind and has the worst goal difference. Magath expects his ex-club HSV to be number three.
How do relegation games work?
Two matches determine who is in the league. On May 19, the Bundesliga club will initially have home rights. On May 23 comes the second stage of the third division. As in the European Cup, the rule on away goals has been abolished. If there is a draw after both matches, extended playing time and possibly a penalty kick follow.
What experience does Hertha have with relegation games?
Not good. It happened ten years ago. Hertha should be number 16 in the table. in the knockout matches against the third in the second division, Fortuna Dusseldorf. Hertha coach at the time: Otto Rehhagel. On May 10, 2012, the Berliners played at home and lost 2-1 despite being in the lead. In the second half, the big scandal with the storm of Fortuna fans – and relegation by 2: 2.
What would be the consequences of relegation for Hertha?
There will be a change, no matter in which league. With the staff as well as in the structures. This has already been announced by CEO Fredi Bobic. But in the 2nd division, the economic conditions would be much worse. Losses in the millions should be compensated, and absolutely crucial, how does investor Lars Windhorst react?