Analysis of Hertha’s Defeat Against Mains: No Claims for a Good B Grade

Hertha missed the BSc result

It does not go below 100 percent

.  After the final whistle, Hertha's Mark Oliver sat on the grass.  Hertha lost 1: 2.  (Photo: Soeren Stache / dpa)

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Video: rbb24 | 07.05.2022 | Built in: Soeren Stache / dpa

Hertha missed out on a chance to stand alone in the league, losing 1-2 on home soil against Mines 05. This is a testament to the fact that Berliners are only suitable for the Bundesliga at absolute maximum performance. By Mark Svitsky

In fact, one should know. 73,000 fans bathed in the evening sun at the Olympic Stadium, there was no opponent for the game on the day of the 33rd match, and shortly before there was an urgent desire to reconcile with the eastern arch. With such a cheesy script, Hertha got the chance to stand alone in the BSc League. After all, 1. Three points against FSV Mainz 05 would have been enough to arbitrarily overtake VfB Stuttgart.

However, it is precisely such structural conditions that Hertha does not know how to use like any other football club. Whenever it threatens to become too beautiful, the “old lady” misses the mark – Hertha syndrome. It should also be shown on Saturday night.

Complex formation: a failure with a declaration

Coach Felix Magad is already likely to show the first signs. In the game against Mainz he relied on a proven 4-2-3-1, but with some notable changes. Left-back Marvin Blattenhart and winger Marco Richter missed the game, while Morton Tortoise and Vladimir Torrido did not intend to replace them. Dordoy is more beloved than Friedrich Andre Bjrgen and Maximilian Mittelstodt, who has never played in left-back at the senior level. Although Derrida has been featured as the perfect midfielder on several occasions this season, he has never proven his suitability for the role.

As Suat Serdar was again used as a left-hander, Hertha had only one trained winger at Peter Beckerick, who had clearly lost his agility due to his age. Even before the kick-off, the question arose as to how the blue and whites could create a little pressure and risk aversion.

Hertha’s access lasted only 20 minutes, after which Mines dominated

However, in the first few minutes, Hertha gave the impression that only three points were optional. With the kick-off, the capitals ran passionately towards their opponents. The duels were celebrated, the balls intercepted during the fight – Hertha seemed to enjoy the strength of the team game. The hosts targeted the initial stage with command and control with control of the center of the midfield.

What was missing from the beginning, however, was the accuracy of the peace and possession. Davy Selke could have taken the lead in the 4th minute if he had not dragged the ball a few meters into the penalty area and made a straight shot. Avoiding this opportunity, Hertha had great difficulty in turning ball wins into constructive attempts for attack.

So Hertha’s aggressive style went in vain after 15 to 20 minutes. Competitor Mines got involved in the game and found the best answers to Berlin’s simple stylistic devices – and was rewarded in the 25th minute. 05er, Hertha’s defense went well on the left, with Sylvan Witmer goalkeeper Marcel Lodka standing on a nearby post and helping the ball slip.

The Berliners are no longer in the game

With the break, Hertha’s shortcomings in the line-up became apparent. A trained central defender to play on the left back and a five-man midfielder exclusively with central players can only work when the score is 0-0. If such a team needs to be tied at 0-1, they will inevitably fail. Hertha has agility, one-on-one qualities, deep runs and a wide range of players – all it takes to break down an opponent lurking in the counterattack.

Playing against the ball at this point is no problem, thanks to Magath and assistant coach Mark Fotheringham, Hertha’s defensive mechanisms are now in shape, order and intensity will always be right. However, with the ball, the “old lady” seemed pessimistic. Just before the half-time whistle, a formal penalty (Nicot Poyota heels) was converted by Selke (45 + 5), who had to save Hertha. Hertha may be content with a mediocre 1: 1 given a weak ball transfer.

Deserving failure

After the tea break, Hertha continued the performance of the first half – bad news. Again, the Charlottenburg team lacked the creativity and speed to challenge the Mines defense. Rhineheisen continued to block the ball. Double substitutions in the 60th minute – Mittelstadt and Belfortil came to Cerdar and Bodenk – had no effect. The shift to 4-4-2 resulted in reduced access to midfield and more space for Mains.

“We’m not in the game, we’m not new in the head, we’ve lost a lot. We had to go full swing for the fourth game in a row, it could happen. It was bitter what happened at home. In fact, Hertha looked annoyingly tired after 70 minutes and the previous weeks seemed to have left their mark. The desire to succeed at home, and the expulsion associated with it, became a fear of failure.

The decisive goal came in the 81st minute: Duchard lost a corner opponent Stephen Bell; He pushed the ball into the goal from close range. Substitutes Luka Wolsklager (89th) and Selke (90th) could not change the result. Eventually Home failed 1: 2, which was okay due to game shares.

Looking forward to FC Bayern

After the final whistle, managing director Freddie Bobic said, “We’re not 100 per cent needed for our game. In a normal Bundesliga game, Mainz 05 is many times better than Hertha.

However, it is not enough to avoid being knocked out on your own on the 33rd match day. The Berliners now need to believe that FC Bayern Munich will find the impetus for a three-point lead again against their rival Stuttgart. In case of failure, Hertha will keep the class out of bed, which is a sobering opportunity compared to the entire Olympic Stadium, but after this tumultuous season, the “old lady” no longer has a claim to a good B grade.

Broadcast: rbb24, May 7, 2022, 9:45 pm


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