Bundesliga: Hertha BSC and Schalke 04 in danger of relegation after the 17th day

Status: 01/25/2023 1:43 p.m.

Hertha BSC and Schalke 04 are bottom after the first half of the Bundesliga season. Both traditional clubs are struggling with similar issues.

According to reports in the capital’s press, he was also sitting on Tuesday evening (01/24/2023). Josh Wander on the stands of the Olympic Stadium, CEO of the American company “777 partners“, who wants to take over shares of Hertha BSC for 375 million euros. The agreement is “on the finish line“, Hertha President Kay Bernstein recently announced. One can only hope that wander doesn’t make his investment hinge on what he saw in Hertha’s 5-0 loss to VfL Wolfsburg.

The Berliners, after 1: 3 to reboot in Bochum had announced the fight against relegation, played against the promising Wolfsburg as a candidate for relegation. Already at the break, when the score was 0-3, Hertha had lost the match without any chance. “Truly underground. We ran headless“, said sporting director Fredi Bobic and referred to the “worst performance” of the whole season.

Hertha chief executive Fredi Bobic finds clear words in an interview with the sports broadcaster after the home loss to VfL Wolfsburg.

Hertha coach Sandro Schwarz explains why he still has faith in his team despite the utter failure against Wolfsburg.

Radio Hertha SOS!” headlined the Berliner Kurier before the next derby against Union, where the next humiliation threatens.

The team, which was also faultless against Wolfsburg, lacks structure and players who take responsibility. Kevin-Prince Boateng, an emotional leader in the past, is just a complementary player. Other potential leaders such as captain Marvin Plattenhardt or deputies Lucas Tousart just don’t provide the necessary leadership on the ground.

Coach Sandro Schwarz, appreciated both professionally and personally in Berlin, apparently has no remedy for the ongoing sporting crisis. His record of 14 points in 17 games is no better than his predecessors Pal Dardai and Tayfun Korkut, who were suspended last season. black bracket”not even remotely for discussion“said manager Bobic and expressed his confidence in the coach.

But it’s also true that Hertha has little to no financial leeway to hire a new manager as a firefighter – like in the previous season when Felix Magath took Hertha through relegation. With the new investor’s millions available, only remaining shareholder Lars Windhorst should initially be paid. His investments of 130 million euros in the workforce, a still elusive sum, have largely collapsed without effect. “Identity instead of dollar bills“, Hertha fans demanded banners in the game against Wolfsburg – and struck a chord.

Hertha, who not only according to Wolfsburg coach Niko Kovac “actually belongs to the top“, is obviously struggling with the role of having to play against relegation for the second year in a row. Although coach Schwarz recently confirmed: “We know what situation we are inBut expectations are different for the capital club, which sees itself as a traditional brand in the league, with all the more attention.

Schalke on the direct path to the return to the 2nd division

This is the parallel with the other big false start to the rest of the season, after the unusual World Cup break: Schalke 04 may have been promoted on paper, but they are still a club with a great self-proclaimed charisma. Memories of European Cup nights are still relatively fresh for many fans. Schalke are currently struggling not only with the legacy of years of mismanagement, both sportingly and financially. The challenge of repositioning itself as a traditional club with reduced ambitions promises to be very difficult for the “Royal Blues”.

In the 0-3 loss to rip off Frankfurt, Schalke were sold below value. However, the 6-1 debacle against Leipzig confirmed the ominous impression of the weeks leading up to the Qatar World Cup. Although Schalke have the next Champions League club under their noses in Leipzig, the vulnerable defense is fundamentally not suitable for the Bundesliga.

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Schalke are also uncompetitive in attack, with 14 goals they have by far the weakest attack in the league. With a meager 9 points, the “Royal Blues” approach the second half of the season, the renewal of the fall in the 2nd division seems inevitable. Fans fled the Schalke Arena before the final whistle.

They have already changed coach at Schalke this season. Thomas Reis, who has to see how his old club Bochum is barely coming out of the mess, seems distraught. After the forfeit against Leipzig, he called the situation and his own emotional world “crappy”.

In an interview with journalist Uwe Dietz, Schalke coach Thomas Reis talks about the things that went wrong in the game against Leipzig.

Question marks over Knäbel winter transfers

Rescue measures initiated by sporting director Peter Knäbel in the winter transfer market have recently given the impression that Schalke are already the squad for the upcoming season in the 2nd division. Frenchman Florent Mollet, probably the strongest player in the team, sold Knäbel again – to get players like Jere Uronen, Niklas Tauer, Michael Frey and Tim Skarke, all of whom have little or no Bundesliga experience .

Schalke’s most visible player against Leipzig was 22-year-old Soichiro Kozuki, not only because of his remarkable goal. Significant: the Japanese was still playing in the regional league team a few weeks ago. On Sunday, the bottom of the table awaits the reinvigorated 1. FC Köln.

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