Certainly missing against the third in the second division (Hamburger SV, Darmstadt 98 or Werder Bremen) Santiago Ascacibar. Hertha’s Argentinian midfielder saw his against BVB fifth yellow card and is therefore suspended for the first leg. The warnings from the regular season also apply to the relegation. For Hertha, this means that Stevan Jovetic (four warnings) is threatened with a yellow card suspension for the second leg.
Coach Felix Magath set off on a business trip to Darmstadt on Sunday morning to watch the possible relegation opponents (against Paderborn) live in the stadium. His assistant coach Mark Fotheringham will be present at HSV’s game at Hansa Rostock. Magath himself knows HSV inside out. “I’ve seen a lot of second division games, especially from Hamburger SV”, he already said on Thursday. “I feel very confident when it comes to the second division.”
The exciting question will be whether this also applies to his team. After training on Monday, the team breaks into one on Tuesday two-day short training camp to the Olympic Training Center in Kienbaum.