Hertha BSC was almost 34 minutes. The early relegation seemed safe for 34 minutes. After Stuttgart had fallen behind in the parallel game against Wolfsburg, Lucas Tousart had given the Berliners in the lead in the away game with Arminia Bielefeld. The arithmetically safe rescue was within reach.
We knew from the beginning how it was.
Did the Hertha players also knew on the place? “Should I say the truth?” Asked Kevin-Prince Boateng after the final whistle at “Sky”. “Sure we knew it.” The Berliners “tried to hide it because you still have a second half ahead of you,” said Boateng. But: “We knew from the start how it was.” After all, there is “always someone on the bench that talks”.
The one should have added the late message from the Stuttgart compensation to 1-1 to the guests. The reliable relegation was posted shortly before the final whistle. And almost at the same time, the guests at the East Westphalia also played the chance to avoid the safe descent. In added time, the capital club still received the 1-1 by Joakim Nilsson and thus remains in striking distance to the relegation place.
“There are no allegations”
Double bitter, the Berliners had the chance to 2-0 shortly before the end-but 19-year-old Luca Wollschläger negligently awarded his Bundesliga debut and Maximilian Mittelstädt. “The boys are already making a head about it. There are no allegations,” Boateng defended his teammates. “They were a bit too playful. You can leave that to the young players. Although Maxi is not so young,” said the grinning Boateng in the direction of the 25-year-old center.
After all, Hertha can make the relegation with three points against Mainz next Saturday (6.30 p.m., live! At Lucas Tousart) – which Boateng is also positive. “Many would not have thought that we still had it in hand,” said the 35-year-old. Felix Magath would also have a large part. What did the coach out of the team? “Machinery.” If this “machines” deliver on Saturday, you no longer have to look at other places.