Hertha coach Felix Magath expressly praised the work of local rivals 1. FC Union before the Berliner derby. “Union was different. They had a line, and this line have pulled them through,” said Magath.
It is closely linked to the upswing of the local rivals with its President Dirk Zingler and Urs Fischer as a “real coach, which they owe a lot,” said the 68-year-old.
“If you see the team, you have taken more attention to the mentality of players in recent years than on the potential. So they are pretty well done,” said Magath.
Of course, Union is a table-seventh in the game of the Football Bundesliga on Saturday against the 17th acute-threatened Hertha of the Favorite, Magath acknowledged. For him, it’s about giving his team to the necessary self-confidence.
Ready to use is right-back Peter Pekarik, who had hurt in training. Whether the Niklas used by Magath as a defensive midfielder can strongly contribute to his bone segment, is still open. The gate lacks Alexander Schwolow because of his thigh injury.
Marcel Lotka is likely to represent him in the Olympic Stadium sold out with 74,676 spectators. Union had won the first leg against Hertha with 2: 0 and the DFB Cup Travel Final in January 3: 2.