After days full of chaos, Hertha BSC is also stumbling deeper and deeper into the crisis. In the first game after the Bobic bang, the Berliners lost 0:3 (0:2) to the furiously playing Champions League round of 16 Eintracht Frankfurt and presented themselves for long stretches by no means ready for the first division.
Sandro Schwarz followed the last few minutes with his arms crossed on the sidelines. After the final whistle, his players sank helplessly onto the lawn. Slowly and cautiously they approached the fans in the guest corner, who greeted them with whistles – Hertha BSC stumbled deeper and deeper into the crisis after the Bobic bang.
“That must not happen to us. We were not ready and not awake enough,” complained midfielder Marco Richter after the 0: 3 (0: 2) at Eintracht Frankfurt on Sky, “we have to wake up slowly and score.” Even after the expulsion of sports director Fredi Bobic, the Berliners continue to fall into the Bundesliga basement.
It’s not because of Black, said Richter: “The coach is 100 percent the right one.” Winter signing Florian Niederlechner added: “The most important thing is to stay positive. I’m sure we’ll get out of the hole again.”
It was by no means ready for the Bundesliga, as Hertha showed a week after the derby defeat against Union (0: 2). The outstanding Eintracht attacker Randal Kolo Muani (21st, penalty kick / 28th) almost single-handedly increased the concerns of the penultimate. Aurelio Buta also scored (90+3). The Berliners are still waiting for the first points in the new year, it was the seventh bankruptcy from the last eight Bundesliga games.
Eintracht Frankfurt vs. Hertha BSC: SGE confirms top form
The people of Frankfurt, on the other hand, were allowed to celebrate. Coach Oliver Glasner’s team confirmed their top form, remained unbeaten in the seventh game in a row – and consolidated their position in the top group.
It was “turbulent and wild days,” admitted Schwarz after the Bobic bang, “we had to let that sink in first.” The Hertha coach made two changes in Frankfurt: Jonjoe Kenny returned, and winter signing Florian Niederlechner made his starting eleven debut.
However, the Berliners hardly had any time to get used to the furious Frankfurters. The overwhelmed, despondent and completely insecure guests let themselves be rolled over in phases in the first half. They couldn’t get Hesse’s power offensive under control – Kolo Muani in particular showed Hertha the limits.
The runner-up took a penalty against Filip Uremovic, converted safely and only a little later made the double strike ice-coldly perfect after template by Jesper Lindström. In an almost perfect Eintracht half-time, Mario Götze also performed magic, new signing Philipp Max immediately settled in well, and goalkeeper Kevin Trapp, who had extended his contract until 2026, was unemployed.
Black sometimes raged on the sidelines. Because of the disappointing performance, but also because he would have liked to have received a hand penalty for his team immediately before the 0:1. And yet: Hertha was well served with the two goals conceded.
The consequence? Three changes during the break, including returnee Tolga Cigerci. The Berliners dared a little more and even had a top-class chance through Jessic Ngankam (62nd) as a substitute, but the SGE still made the more dangerous impression. However, the Hessians failed to ensure clear conditions at an early stage.
Eintracht Frankfurt – Hertha BSC: The voices
Oliver Glasner (Eintracht Frankfurt coach): “We played a very good first half. But there were a lot of nice moves that we didn’t finish well at the beginning. At the end of the first half we maybe got a little too into management mode. It’s very important that we’ll always keep our feet on the ground.”
Sandro Schwarz (Hertha BSC coach): “We didn’t play a good first half. We didn’t do well what we set out to do. I think we played a decent second half. In the end it’s disappointing to lose 3-0. We have to be with ourselves stay. There are certain rules in the relegation battle, you need peace in the club.”
Eintracht Frankfurt – Hertha BSC: The data for the game