Intro: The grandfather of my girlfriend found the right words after the match Hertha BSC Berlin against Borussia Dortmund without goals. “A football afternoon to throw away“. Yes it was, if you like goals. No it was not, if you like tactics. Hertha BSC Berlin against Borussia Dortmund ended in a draw and a famous visitor in Olympiastadion Berlin – José Mourinho – yawned more than he felt exited.
The first half Hertha Coach Pal Dardei ordered his man to attack Mats Hummels and Julian Weigl – the two main players of Borussia Dortmund who were then not able to build up the attack game of the “Schwarzgelben”. Pierre Emerick Aubameyang was substituted in minute 72nd. Until then he barely had possession. Salomon Kalou (77th) and Alexander Baumjohan (90th) wasted a nearly 100% counterattacks.
Man of the Match: Hertha BSC Berlin had two great opportunities. “Papa” Sokratis saved against Alexander Baumjohann in greatest danger just before the final whistle. He saved the draw for Dortmund. Hertha played really well as a team, with Vladimir Darida once again a Hertha hero.
Key stat(s): Borussia Dortmund had 66% ball possession but no real attempt on goal. The “Schwarzgelben” passed 678 times (Hertha 339). This number shows the helplessness of the guest. Pierre Emerick Aubameyang only had four ball contacts in the first half of the match.
Talking points: Congratulations Hertha BSC Berlin. The team of Pal Dardei showed a real development since the first duel back in late summer 2015 (3:1 in Dortmund). Although the team barely had the ball, the actions in the defensive of Berlin destroyed the ease of Dortmunds play. Dardei’s tactic to block Hummels and Weigl forced Sokratis to create, which did not work out.
The attack play of Borussia Dortmund failed due to the “Berlin Wall”. In second Half Berlin players needed more rest and Borussia Dortmund had visible advantages. But the counter attacks of Kalou (77th) and Baumjohan (90th) were far more dangerous. Borussia had no real dangerous attempt on goal. Hertha did know that they could not compete on levels of creativity, but they put up a good fight. Three points for the “Old Lady” would not have been undeserved. To summarize the match between Berlin and Dortmund you could use the phrase – Borussia Dortmund failed due to the brilliant defensive strategy of Pal Dardei.
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