80 minutes before kick-off, Hertha BSC players entered Borussia Park to inspect the pitch. “We want to see you fight”, the fans who had traveled from Berlin in the guest block chanted with some emphasis. The players below were still in plain clothes, strolling and chatting, but the fans knew it wouldn’t hurt to yell the most important things at them.
70 minutes before the start of the game, the Hertha players had slipped into penultimate place in the table. At that time, VfB Stuttgart secured a point in the special appearance at Union Berlin and overcame the Berliners with the best goal difference.
With the good advice of the fans who had traveled with them, the Berlin players had the opportunity to fight accordingly and leave penultimate place north again, but lost 0:2 (0:1) to Borussia Mönchengladbach. It was their fifth straight loss and their ninth straight game without a win. It took 12 weeks with just two points earned before Hertha dropped from 11th place on 21 points to penultimate on 23 points after a 3-2 win against Borussia Dortmund on 18 December.
“There is no jerk action so soon after the match,” says Fredi Bobic.
The gradual decline should now spell the immediate end for trainer Tayfun Korkut, because before there had been final demands. “It is inevitable that we will score points in Gladbach,” Hertha sporting director Fredi Bobic said before the match. “Forbidden to lose!” Korkut had explicitly agreed as a requirement. But right after the game you wanted to at least take the night to sleep for everything.
“There’s no such rough action so soon after the game,” Bobic said after the final whistle. “I can’t announce anything now, we will have a quiet talk with our CFO Ingo Schiller and President Werner Gegenbauer on Sunday morning and then we’ll see. Bobic knew how to get something out of the team’s performance: “I saw that the guys gave their all ; The second half was wide open, they were into it a bit.”
“Today you can’t blame the team in terms of attitude and will,” agreed Korkut. Whether he will remain coach next Saturday against Hoffenheim, he was unable to answer shortly after the game. “I cannot comment on that, we will talk and I know that nobody is above the club.” He was then asked if that meant he was expecting him to be fired and replied, “I don’t expect anything.”
For the Gladbachers and their coach Adi Hütter, who is in isolation due to the coronavirus, the victory was at least a statistical liberation. “It’s playing with the intention of winning,” Gladbach assistant coach and interim boss Christian Peintinger said before the match, sounding as if he were quoting football’s first century-old law that was once carved into a slab of stone in England. “The team has to deliver,” demanded Gladbach’s sporting director Roland Virkus unequivocally at the same time. And she delivered. “The team showed a great reaction after the 3-2 loss in Stuttgart,” Peintinger said afterwards, relieved, but he did not want to give the go-ahead: “First we have to confirm this performance and be more consistent.” However, with 30 points now, it won’t be long before we have the league under one roof.
Davie Selke complains about goals conceded, both by standards
The special requirements for this explosive game could be seen in both starting formations. Six new players were found in the Berlin squad after the previous 4-1 loss against Frankfurt, and Gladbach started with four of the youngest: Luca Netz, 18, Joe Scally, 19, Kouadio Koné, 20 and Jordan Louis Beyer. , 21 Players in the team, while veterans like Lars Stindl, 33, Tony Jantschke, Patrick Herrmann, Christoph Kramer, all 31, and Stefan Lainer, 29, (but not all fit) sat on the bench.
Gladbach showed enthusiasm for the game from the start. This could have been due to the backdrop of 30,675 spectators, which had not been noticed for a long time, as well as the rooms that the lukewarm Berliners gave them. In the 9th minute Breel Embolo hit the post, in the 24th minute Alassane Plea sank a penalty that Marc-Oliver Kempf had caused by sweeping Marcus Thuram’s foot. The only bad thing for Gladbach and the only good thing for Berlin: they were only 1-0 at half-time.
In the second half, the Berliners even showed some ingenuity in attack, but the second-worst defense in the league, with 60 conceded goals, acted naively behind. It was a bit disappointing for Gladbach who needed a penalty and a second dead ball from a corner to score their goals. Matthias Ginter made it 2-0 with a header from a Netz corner in the 59th minute.
Jurgen Ekkelenkamp hit the Berlin crossbar in the 77th minute. There wasn’t much left for Hertha, who tried after all. “Two goals conceded from set pieces, that’s annoying, that’s sobering,” scolded attacker Davie Selke, unequivocally calling Hertha’s situation “a shitty situation” eight games before the end of the season. The Hertha team spent the night with this feeling. Sunday will show what decision will emerge from this situation.