When Max Kruse wanted to turn the music up even louder at the derby party in the Union cabin, Dedryck Boyata sadly crept towards the east stand of the Olympic Stadium with his little child in tow.

The lonely Hertha captain became the symbol of the next low blow for his chronically suffering club on the way to a discussion with a few dozen fans.

In Berlin football, celebrations only take place far to the east, in Köpenick.

The so passionately discussed question of the number one in the capital has been clarified per union.

"As of now, yes," said Kruse.

After the 3:2 in the round of 16 of the DFB-Pokal, even coach Urs Fischer, who is otherwise extremely reserved, spoke of his dreams for May 21st.

"We look at the draw and will prepare accordingly for the next opponent.

But it's also clear that if you play in the cup, you want to get to the final, otherwise you don't have to take part in this competition.

That's why everyone has that in their heads," said Fischer.

Of the eight teams remaining in the cup, none is better placed than fifth in the Bundesliga.

Kruse also wants an iron title attack and also expressed the longing for the endgame.

“We still have two games before the final.

There are two wins before we can play here again," said the 33-year-old.

The first derby victory at local rivals in eleven years made Union grow even bigger.

Hertha before a duel with FC Bayern

At Hertha, self-confidence is shrinking more and more.

Coach Tayfun Korkut was shocked and announced a discussion with tough elements.

“There is a lot to talk about.

We will do that too.

We will think about it and things will be addressed.

We don't go into the next day and say this happened now," Korkut said.

His problem: On Sunday in the Bundesliga against FC Bayern Munich (5:30 p.m. in the FAZ live ticker for the Bundesliga and on Sky) and with a defensive performance like against Union, the next demoralizing pack threatens.

The Herthans may feel pursued by football suffering.

All three goals conceded - by Andreas Voglsammer, the own goal by Niklas Stark and Robin Knoche - were easy to defend.

Suat Serdar's two goals were worthless.

From ARD expert Bastian Schweinsteiger to Hertha sports director Arne Friedrich to Korkut, everyone spoke of a deserved derby defeat because it was clear that Union, in contrast to the fragile Hertha structure, is a functioning team.

Surprisingly, the statisticians counted more ball possession, more shots on goal and a better tackle rate per Hertha.

But Union provided the music, during the game and afterwards.

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