At Hertha BSC, bitter tears flowed into the relegation. In the difficult phase, coach Felix Magath does not swing as a qualix, but as a motivator to keep the class. Hope is the game in Dortmund.
- Felix Magath: “Created to penetrate from 17th to 16th place”
- Magath’s premonition with the relegation occurs
- Herthas Stevan Jovetic: “Leave the emotions aside”
It was a moment of emptiness, absolute depression. Anyone who saw the Hertha BSC players on Saturday afternoon shortly before 5:30 p.m. could think that the capital club has already relegated to the 2nd Bundesliga after the 1-2 at Borussia Dortmund.
Players like Vladimir Darida, Lucas Tousart or Dedryck Boyata cried bitter tears. Trainer Felix Magath immediately disappeared into the catacombs of the Signal Iduna Park. Scenes of the endless disappointment, and it didn’t look any different in the cabin either. “When they got into the cabin, they let their heads hanging,” said Magath.
But the initially disappointed head coach also knew that it was not yet the end of the “old lady”. Hertha BSC got two endgames to prevent the feeling of relegation. In the relegation on May 19 and 23 against the third of the 2nd Bundesliga. Currently the Hamburger SV, Magaths regular.
Felix Magath: “Created to penetrate from 17th to 16th place”
“I immediately addressed words to the team. It wasn’t the worst case,” emphasized Magath: “We managed to get from 17th place to 16th place. We were able to prevent the direct descent. We have the opportunity to show that we are a first division club. “
It will be his task to free the team from the emotional situation of disappointment in the next few days and, above all, to prepare them mentally for the last exit.
And Hertha board boss Fredi Bobic also didn’t want to allow any hopelessness after the game: “We have two games, in these two games we have to judge. And to get that they work passionately again and wrestle the opponent – no matter who comes there. “
Of all things, the defeat in Dortmund could serve as a hope: it was perhaps not a brilliant achievement that the Berliners presented against initially unimaginative hosts, but the basic virtues that the coach preached again and again were absolutely right. Hertha fought against the relegation, the players fought and persisted for a long time.
Magath’s premonition with the relegation occurs
“We not only defended passionately, the 1-0 helped us to continue to stand well. The boys did that outstanding – until the penalty was 1-1 out of nowhere. After that, Dortmund was fixed,” said Bobic.
In fact, substitute Youssoufa Moukoko then met 2-1 of the BVB in the 84th minute. Around 450 kilometers away, Wataru Endo made 2-1 for VfB Stuttgart for the rest. Stuttgart stays in there, Hertha has to sit.
Hertha has had three match balls in the past few weeks to secure the relegation. Every time you failed. Coach Magath even had to pack FC Bayern with the honor so that the home game against VfB Stuttgart did not serve last week. The 2: 2 then fulfilled the 68-year-old’s premonition, who had already expected the relegation as a probable scenario after his arrival.
The fact that the experienced coach does not act on it, but as a motivator is without alternative. The playful ability alone could be too little. Hertha lacked the first division suitability this season playfully and tactically over long distances of the season. If no wonder, the Berliners will not burn fireworks in the relegation, but will call up what is in the tank.
Herthas Stevan Jovetic: “Leave the emotions aside”
And one of them is actually the ability of a team, despite many difficult circumstances in one season with two coaches, a constant chaos in the club and the break with the fans until the end. “We must not complain, we have to get our heads up,” says veteran Stevan Jovetic: “The key is now to leave the emotions aside and to create it in the relegation.”
The processing of what went wrong, that you fight against relegation again despite high demands, only follows. At the end of the season, it will probably be tidy and billed in Berlin at the end of the season. If the relegation succeeds, the damage will be limited. If the “Worst Case” steps into the 2nd league with the walking into the 2nd league, you can hardly foresee the consequences. “A descent would be a disaster,” says Magath.
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But you don’t want to talk about this at the Hertha until May 23.
Self -confidence is appropriate.
And then the motivator Magath, who believes in relegation, comes again: “I think we have good prospects to make it.”
If his players also believe in it, there may be tears of joy in the end.