Hertha BSC remains unbeaten with its rotation express after the forced Corona break.
In the basement duel against Arminia Bielefeld on Sunday, however, the Berliners had to be satisfied with a 0-0.
The Hertha team, this time changed to eight positions by coach Pal Dardai, moved past SV Werder Bremen to 14th place in the Bundesliga by winning the point and can win a big one on Wednesday in the last of three catch-up games at the relegated bottom group FC Schalke 04 Take a step towards relegation. Bielefeld remains tied on the relegation rank 16 due to the zero number in the Olympic Stadium. “One point is good for now. We're not known for scoring great goals. First you have to be good defensively, ”said attacker Fabian Klos.
Dardai relied on the principle of freshness again.
After nine changes before the 3-0 win against Freiburg, eight starting eleven places were filled this time.
In addition to the injured Sami Khedira (calf) and Mattéo Guendouzi (broken metatarsus), the same formation began again as six days ago at 1-1 in Mainz, with which the Berliners had started their chase to stay in class after two weeks of quarantine.
Dardai has already announced that he intends to consistently continue these interchanges until the season finale against Hoffenheim on May 22nd.
“The minimum goal was the point,” said Dardai, “and the zero had to be.
Every point is important and now we have our final against Schalke.
Let's see what we're doing there.
I am satisfied with five points after the quarantine. "
This Hertha team could not offer the big momentum from the success against the Breisgauer.
Bielefeld was compact, as you can expect in the relegation battle, and was well recovered from the 0: 5 two weeks ago against Borussia Mönchengladbach.
Only Maximilian Mittelstädt (8th minute) was able to check Arminia goalkeeper Stefan Ortega in the initial phase.
For the full-back, the game ended after a violent clash with Bielefeld's Anderson-Lenda Lucoqui after half an hour with a good headache.
The doctors' initial diagnosis was suspected concussion.
"He felt dizzy," said Dardai.
Skull growling: Maximilian Mittelstädt initially continued to play with a turban, but then had to leave the field with a concussion
Source: AFP / SOEREN STACHE
The Berliners had been injured before the kick-off - this time in the coaching team.
Goalkeeping coach Ilja Hofstädt had to stop warming up before the game with suspected Achilles tendon rupture.
The 48-year-old only took over the post in April after separating from Zsolt Petry.
Before that, the native of Berlin was responsible for Hertha junior goalkeepers.
Soccer, Bundesliga, 28th matchday, Hertha BSC - Borussia Mönchengladbach in the Olympic Stadium.
Hertha's goalkeeping coach Ilja Hofstädt before the start of the game.
Source: pa / dpa / dpa-Zentral / Soeren Stache
Cordoba just hits the post
Bielefeld was more dangerous than expected.
Hertha goalkeeper Alexander Schwolow had to parry tricky long-range shots from Andreas Voglsammer (26th) and Manuel Prietl (28th).
Joakim Nilsson (10th) had a good chance to head the ball early on.
Hertha had opportunities through Jhon Cordoba (34th / 45th + 2).
The Colombian hit the post once, and once he slammed the ball into the side netting.
That was obviously not enough for Dardai in terms of offensive power.
With Nemanja Radonjic for Deyovaisio Zeefuik, he switched to a 4-4-2 system.
The impact on the way of playing remained rather modest.
On the contrary.
Bielefeld stuck to his consistent way of working and had a great chance to take the lead thanks to a header from Amos Pieper (55th).
Schwolow grabbed his copy just before the lurking Arminia striker Fabian Klos.
Hertha lacked momentum and punch. Was that the feared lack of freshness due to the mental strain of the long-term program after a long break? Javairo Dilrosun (70th / 88th) tried long-range shots. More was not possible this time for the Berliners.