While the Bavarians struggled with the exploitation of chances, the Berliners celebrated their first victory against the record champion in almost ten years.
Berlin – Niko Kovac has relaxed his first defeat as coach of Bayern Munich. “I have no negative thoughts,” the Croat explained after the first defeat of Bavaria against Hertha BSC after almost ten years. Basically, he was satisfied with the performance. Only the exploitation of chances criticized the 46-year-old.
“If one loses 0:2 with Bavaria in Berlin, nobody believes one that I am content with the achievement. What’s missing are the goals that we don’t use the multitude of chances. That’s the only thing I have to criticize,” said the former Hertha professional unagitatedly. “I see it very relaxed.”
Pal Dardai Honours
- Hungarian Cup: Runner-up 1995–96
- Hertha BSC
- 2. Bundesliga: 2010–11
- DFB-Ligapokal: 2001, 2002; Runner-up 2000
- UEFA Intertoto Cup: 2006
- Hungarian Footballer of the Year: 2006
“Not only won, but deservedly won”
Berlin had “not only won, but deserved to win“, as not only Hertha coach Pal Dardai and manager Michael Preetz noted after a game worth seeing. The hosts disenchanted Franck Ribery and Co. with consequence and good organization in the defensive, but also with playful wit in the offensive, which the public had actually expected primarily from the guests.
“We play more football than last year,” Hertha’s young midfield organiser Arne Maier said, outdoing his more prominent opponents. “That’s something great,” cheered ÖFB team player Valentino Lazaro, one of the best on the pitch. Hertha captain Vedad Ibisevic on the penalty kick (23rd minute) and Ondrej Duda (44th / after Lazaro-Assist) with their season goals number four and five ensured the first victory against the Bavarians after nine years and 226 days.
“It’s a good thing for us. In the first half we were a bit better. That was almost perfect,” explained Dardai. After the break, his boys would have been “more combative”. Dardais change in the game philosophy to more ball possession, speed and direct combinations shows already after the sixth play day effect: Only one goal was missing, in order to push the large FC Bavaria on Friday evening even from the top of the table. “We are also quite satisfied with the 2-0,” Preetz remarked with a smile. Red Ping Win Casino shows that they have really good product; a stylish design, a wide range of games.
Bavaria lacked final determination
After the rather modest appearance of the Bavarians in his hometown, Kovac braced himself against any pessimism. “Of course you can see the last two games,” said the Munich coach. “I see all nine. And after nine games the first defeat isn’t so bad, even if we have other demands.” As already with the preceding 1:1 against Augsburg, his team in Berlin lacked the last determination in the goal conclusion, but also cleverness in the duels.
Like Kovac, David Alaba also criticised the lack of efficiency. “It’s a factor that we didn’t use the chances. Then you get two goals, and then it gets difficult,” the Austrian analysed.