That was it again with the upward trend at Hertha BSC. When they lost in Kraichgau, the Berliners were far from their fourth competitive win in a row.
Pal Dardai mumbled into his beard for several minutes. First the coach from Hertha BSC said the 0-2 (0-2) at TSG Hoffenheim nice, shortly afterwards he claimed the opposite. The Hungarian looked just as confused as his pros on the field before.
In Kraichgau, the Berliners were miles away from their fourth competitive game win in a row. Even if Dardai did not want to admit it, the result on the eve of the 50th birthday of Sport Director Fredi Bobic could have been much more in favor of TSG.
Dardai ticked off the fact that the Bundesliga club from the capital could not confirm the latest upward trend at the start of the 10th match day. “It was a nice series that we wanted to continue – it didn’t work out,” said the coach: “It’s not nice, but we have to swallow that.”
The reason for Dardai’s displeasure was TSG star Andrej Kramaric (19th) and Sebastian Rudy (36th) with their goals for Hoffenheim in front of only 8127 spectators. To make matters worse, from Hertha perspective, defender Dedryck Boyata saw the red card for gross foul play (76th).
Dardai: “We don’t need to gloss over anything”
This means that Dardai’s winless series, who was on the sidelines in his 200th competitive game, continues in Sinsheim. The 45-year-old has only got one point out of seven guest appearances at TSG.
This negative run apparently left Dardai slightly confused. First, to the amazement of many listeners, the coach praised his team for the start of the game (“everything went as planned”) and even spoke of luck for the Hoffenheim team with their goals.
Seconds later, Dardai’s analysis sounded very different again. “We don’t need to gloss over anything. It wasn’t good enough. There is no alibi, we had a good line-up,” said the ex-professional: “We need better body language and maybe have to be a little nastier up front. We have to improve and learning.”
Hertha BSC: Bobic and the “development process”
How Bobic rated the performance of the team and that of his trainer remained his secret for the time being. The celebrations on his jubilee day should not have sweetened both performances, however. After all, shortly before kick-off, Bobic had hoped that the upswing would continue.
“With us you can see at the moment that something is growing,” said the sports director at DAZN, but at the same time didn’t seem to trust the roast: “It’s still a development process – and we’re working on it.”
It has been clear since Friday evening that the work is not getting any less.