Berlin (dpa) – When asked about the next opponent, Hertha coach Bruno Labbadia had to smile for a moment, but no, he didn’t really want to talk about it.
“We don’t need to talk about Bayern at this point. It’s difficult because they are doing well,” said the disappointed Labbadia. In fact, he and his team wanted to participate as a six-pointed owner in Munich within a week and see what is possible. “Now we have to digest this game first,” said the Hertha coach quite seriously.
Because after the successful season opener in Bremen (4: 1), the emerging Bundesliga football team from Berlin was pushed back to reality by Eintracht Frankfurt on the second day of play. “We definitely missed the aggressive approach up front,” noted Labbadia, noting further shortages: in defense they left “too many holes” and in general Hertha simply had “too few players to take the initiative”. The result: a sobering 1: 3.
Hertha goalkeeper Alexander Schwolow spoke “in a nutshell” of a “missed” first half and a game “almost like a school team”. The Portuguese André Silva with a converted penalty kick (30th minute), the Dutchman Bas Dost with a huge header (36th) and Sebastian Rode with a rather limp but accurate shot (71st) destroyed Hertha’s hopes with the maximum number of points to travel to the currently seemingly unbeatable FC Bayern. Martin Hinteregger’s own goal (76th) didn’t change anything. Despite all of Frankfurt’s effectiveness, Schwolow noted, “We have to touch our own noses.”
Frankfurt has demonstrated it. “André Silva is a goal getter – he has the quality to be in the right place at the right time. And he was a great duo with Bas Dost,” said Eintracht coach Adi Hütter, who made the decisive difference in the Olympic Stadium, which is filled with at least 4000 fans, summarizes. .
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 the sweat of a real football player: “We’ve won a lot of duels in the fighting zone. We always felt like we were the boss on the field.”
In addition to their own bosses, Hertha lacked well-practiced lawn processes. And the creative moments of Matheus Cunha, who was first invited to Brazil’s senior national team, did not materialize this time. “He didn’t have the day we needed today,” said Labbadia.
It was only when the coach released the newcomers Jhon Cordoba and Deyovaisio Zeefuik after the break and a 2-0 deficit and Arne Maier started the game in midfield, it burned 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 in the front section, 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.