Freiburg / Berlin (dpa) – After the third defeat in succession and a good deal of frustration, Hertha BSC is struggling for a season end that can give courage for the next season. “We threw everything in. I’m a little sad, we invested a lot,” said captain Vedad Ibisevic after a frustrating 1: 2 at SC Freiburg and added: “We actually had everything under control, then individual mistakes happen. That is Part of football life. The boys didn’t do it on purpose. It’s a shame about work. “
The impact: Before the upcoming ghost games against the Champions League contenders Bayer Leverkusen on Saturday and Borussia Mönchengladbach a week later, the Berlin Bundesliga club got stuck in the gray midfield with 38 points. The hoped for leap in table and quality has not yet succeeded after the replacement of head coach Pal Dardai last summer. “Unfortunately, the situation is somewhat unusual, we are not playing for anything,” said Ibisevic. “Nevertheless, we want to complete it as best we can.” It’s about the last good impression.
The experienced striker again referred to the explosive situation after plenty of chaos in the club and before the signing of coach Bruno Labbadia in the middle of the corona crisis: “Before the break it was already tight for us and didn’t look so good. After the break we found each other again and it’s fun. ” After the effort at the restart under Labbadia with three wins and a draw, tension and concentration no longer seem to be enough, especially since the staff is very thin after many injuries.
Midfielder Vladimir Darida almost defiantly emphasized in Freiburg: “The air is not out with us.” The Czech international’s mistake ensured that a committed Berlin appearance in Breisgau was not rewarded with a point win. “I’m sorry. I got the ball from Rune (goalkeeper Jarstein), then it was a bad first contact and I lose the ball,” said Darida of the game-deciding scene. Freiburg’s Nils Petersen used the 2-1 winning goal.
“Wrong decisions are part of football. Football is a mistake game. We made the mistakes in phases in which we were very busy,” said Labbadia. That shows “that we are fully in development”. And Ibisevic summed up: “We actually delivered a good second half. Small things like that decide. Unfortunate.”
Labbadia referred to the special conditions during the corona pandemic, which only made an emergency program possible with the changes in the team. “These are things that we have to put up with now because we’re in development,” said the coach. He will draw the conclusions for the coming season.