Berlin (dpa) – Hertha coach Bruno Labbadia thought it was “just a shame”, while his Frankfurt colleague Adi Hütter was happy with his goalscorers André Silva and Bas Dost.
The precise Eintracht duo plus a “slow motion” recording of Sebastian Rode brought the ambitious capital club back to life on the second day of the Bundesliga.
“We absolutely missed the aggressive approach up front,” added Labbadia, explaining the bitter 1: 3 (0: 2) from Berlin’s point of view against a smart and effective Eintracht, which was only 1: 1 against Bielefeld at the start of the competition. . had made it. Moreover, his defense left “too many gaps”, Labbadia complained: and Hertha had “too few players to take the initiative”.
“André Silva is a goal getter – he has the quality to be in the right place at the right time. And he formed a great duo with Bas Dost. They worked a lot and rewarded each other with goals,” said Hütter, who made the decisive difference in the game. In any case, the Olympic Stadium filled with 4000 fans.
The Berlin game in the fall felt a bit like real football again, even though the corona pandemic is still ubiquitous. Hutter’s conclusion also sounded more like real football sweat: “We won a lot of duels in the fighting zone. We always felt like we were the boss on the field.”
Hertha goalkeeper Alexander Schwolow, on the other hand, spoke “briefly” of a “missed” first half and a game “almost like a school team”. The Portuguese Silva with a converted penalty kick (30th minute), the Dutchman Dost with a huge header (36th) and Sebastian Rode with a rather limp but accurate shot (71st) destroyed Hertha’s hopes with the maximum amount of six points to travel to the next game in the currently seemingly unbeatable FC Bayern. Despite all of Frankfurt’s effectiveness, Schwolow noted, “We have to touch our own noses.”
Because Labbadia only let go of newcomers Jhon Cordoba and Deyovaisio Zeefuik after half time and a 2-0 deficit and Arne Maier started the midfield game, it burned down at Frankfurt. But Rode put out the fire with the 3-0. “It was my first goal in my career with the left foot. It gave us some peace of mind,” the midfield noted more clearly, even though he admitted: “It was slow motion, so I had to see if he went in at all.”
Hertha’s U21 national player Maier had to leave the field after 66 minutes due to knee problems. An exact diagnosis is just as pending as with Filip Kostic from Frankfurt, who had twisted his right knee after nine minutes and had to be replaced. “We were too hesitant at the front, we lost a lot of headers. You could see the physicality of Eintracht,” Labbadia explains: This advantage comes from the experience Frankfurt has gained in Europe. “That was the deciding factor,” said the Hertha coach.