Hertha BSC in the Bundesliga: The old lady makes herself pretty

Hertha BSC in the Bundesliga: The old lady makes herself pretty
  • Hertha coach Dardai knows how to celebrate a victory against Bayern – after all, he stood in the last triumph of the Berlin over the record champions in 2009 even on the court.
  • The Hertha plays big, as does her key player Ondrej Duda. It was Duda since his arrival in the club actually a problem child.
  • But for other players Dardai has much praise left.


By Javier Cáceres, Berlin

Expiration was announced the morning after the triumph. Also for the coach. Pal Dardai, coach at Hertha BSC, made a small burn-up around the Olympic Stadium, and who knows if it was neighbors who greeted him, or even strangers who wanted to congratulate him and whom the trotting Dardai waved back; radiant as the undefeated blue – herthablaue – sky above him. Both were conceivable options. Dardai lives within walking distance of the stadium; On the other hand, in Berlin they took notice of what Hertha had hired on Friday evening at the Olympic Stadium.

Hertha scored the first victory against Bayern since 2009 – when Dardai himself, then as an aging professional footballer, was on the pitch. "There was a party back then, with a coach!" Says Dardai, this time he allowed himself a bottle of wine and his professionals a Caribbean work week. He released them for two days, until the next blood analysis on Thursday they will have sweated, which is noisy B. Z. Salomon Kalou, 33, invited the crew to a Sky Lounge bar in the west of Berlin.

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The Hertha had looked well against Bayern in recent years, in the three games that preceded Friday, Dardai's team had suffered no defeat. Now they have really cracked the Bayern, and that was undoubtedly earned. She had dominated in the first half playful and worked out a 2-0, then defended the lead "combative", as Dardai said. And it was far from clear what he was more pleased about. His team has collected 13 points – as many as Bayern, and has two players in Ondrej Duda and Vedad Ibisevic, who are in the scorers list with five or four season hits in front of every Bayern professional. Also before Robert Lewandowski. And the Berliners have red eyes, from the many rubbing.

Ondrej Duda finally plays without doubt

"We play more football than last year," says Duda, who scored against Bayern 2: 0. Duda, in Spanish, means doubts, and they had accompanied him since he came to Hertha two years ago. Massive doubt. He was injured in the first year, could not prevail in the second, although Dardai repeatedly attested him fantastic training. "He's an artist," said Dardai on Saturday, which means he has a sensitive soul. Dardai took patience, tied him in, talked to him, guessed he never let himself down: "You do not have to kick his ass." He did not change him one last time. Not even in test matches. Now Duda pays back. The doubts are eliminated, and Duda is there.

He plays a big part in making Berlin change. Have they seen there for a long time when looking across the country's borders, always a beautiful, younger, attractive, they now register with some astonishment that their old lady has aufgehubscht, esprit and intellect exudes, on the lawn prudence, and it against FC Bayern dares to develop their own talents.

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