Hertha BSC officials were extremely unhappy after the third derby defeat this season. General manager Fredi Bobic was also upset after the 4-1 loss to Union.
1:4 applause at home in front of a full house against Union Berlin, the third derby defeat of the season and remaining in 17th and thus the first direct relegation place in the Bundesliga: It was a Saturday evening used for Berlin Hertha, which was still good with the big loss that was served.
It is significant that Berlin’s only goal came on a goal against his guest camp (Baumgartl, 49th). The Old Lady’s efforts to attack seemed harmless and conceptless. Köpenick’s rival was vastly superior in the sold-out Berlin Olympic Stadium and ultimately the deserved winner. Only substitute goalkeeper Marcel Lotka showed normal form that night and prevented a bigger deficit in the first round.
The union sniffs out international affairs
While the Unioners now taste international affairs like last year, the agonizing relegation battle is still on the agenda for Hertha. General manager Fredi Bobic, who looked visibly irritated on Sky’s microphone after the game ended, also noticed that nerves were on edge.
“Union did it very well. We didn’t do it so well. We still have it in our hands, but we have to do a lot more to stay in place,” Bobic said in an interview with the reporter. Sky Yannick Erkenbrecher after the Game. Hertha will face three direct competitors in the relegation battle in the coming weeks: FC Augsburg, VfB Stuttgart and Arminia Bielefeld.
The fact that some Hertha players, including goalkeeper Lotka and Hertha native Maxi Mittelstädt, had to take their shirts off in front of blue and white fans after the match as a sign of humility was met with incomprehension from Bobic: “I wouldn’t I did it because I put on the shirt with pride. I understand the fans’ frustration. Losing the third derby in a row is not fun for any of us. But we are athletes too.”
Frustration among Hertha fans after 4-1 loss to Union: Parts of the curve want players to symbolically remove their shirts. (Source: camera4+/imago images)
Annoyed, Bobic blocked the question of whether he would now enter into dialogue with the team because of the withdrawal of the shirt. “That’s not the point now. You asked me a question – and I wouldn’t have done it.”
And Bobic also answered the question about hoping to stay in the league slightly peeved. “The games ahead are tough. But the relegation battle is always tough. Have you seen one (relegation battle, editor’s note) where things work out? Not me. It was always a battle until the end. And you have to accept the fight. Nothing has changed in the table. The situation for next week is the same.”
The upcoming Easter Saturday (3.30 p.m.) in Augsburg will show whether Hertha can take the next step out of the basement. The competitor of VfB Stuttgart (15th place, one point more) then plays in Mainz 05 at the same time, while Arminia Bielefeld (16th place, tied on points) receives Bayern Munich the next day.