Fast help from FC Bayern Munich?
Another chance next week at Borussia Dortmund?
Felix Magath didn't care about any of these options after the disappointing 2-1 draw against 1. FSV Mainz 05.
The coach chosen to be the savior of Hertha BSC is already thinking of the worst possible case for the Berliners in the Bundesliga.
"It was only enough for one defeat, that's why it's important for us to start preparing for the relegation today," said Magath on Saturday evening.
In fact, this extremely cautious plan by the visibly frustrated Hertha coach could quickly become unnecessary.
If FC Bayern wins this Sunday (5.30 p.m. in the FAZ live ticker for the Bundesliga and on DAZN) against VfB Stuttgart, Hertha is saved, relegation and the unloved showdown with the second division third party would be avoided and the last day of the game with the Game at table second BVB a trip without sporting value.
But Magath is planning ahead.
That was his tactic in the past few weeks.
He regularly badmouths and downplays his team.
So it looks a bit better and bigger in reality.
"As a professional who I consider myself to be, I'm preparing for the worst-case scenario," said the 68-year-old.
In real terms, Hertha has a four-point lead over Stuttgart, who is sixteenth in the table.
Even with a sensation from Stuttgart in Munich, you would go into the last matchday with a lead.
Magath doesn't believe his team, which had obviously disappointed him against Mainz, to win in Dortmund, but apparently not at all.
“I have no idea how you judge football.
We're playing against the second in the table, we're fifteenth in the table," Magath snapped at a questioner.
According to Magath's logic, however, leaders FC Bayern must also win against the sixteenth-placed side from Stuttgart, and any pessimism on the part of the coach would be wasted.
Nevertheless, Magath took action first.
Three days off intended for staying in the class were cancelled.
On Sunday morning at 9:00 a.m. the Hertha pros will have breakfast together.
Training started at 10:30 a.m.
It has to be worked.
Neither Magath nor his leader Kevin-Prince Boateng thought of a joint TV evening with the Bayern game as a program.
"I hope I can rest a bit at home.
i'm a little bit older
I don't think we're going to sit down.
That would be a bit exaggerated,” said Boateng.Keywords: