Even as Kevin-Prince Boateng at Hertha BSC had already been replaced, he still conducted his team from the side line.
Felix Magath sat stoic on the coach bank, instead, the 35-year-old leader gave his players continuously and wildly gesturing into the FC Augsburg at 1: 0 against FC Augsburg.
His virgin instructions accompanied Boateng after his booty comeback with a gesture that prompted the teammates to express the chest.
Magath’s plan went up. Before the game in Table 14. The 68-year-old had complained to the lack of Berlin leaders. Boateng, which enjoys high reputation in the team, should be aimed at his loved position as a playmaker.
He supplied – and directed Hertha away from the direct descent ranks in the football league. “He is very important for our team. He talks a lot with the players. He organized. So a figure we needed,” said Magath.
“Four Finals” for Hertha BSC
Many had already written off the native Berliner. “I do not look like a player who’s done, I’m just looking forward to. There was so much criticism against the team and also my person,” Boateng said.
The numbers talked to him on Saturday. With 86 percent compasses obtained, Boateng recommended impressive for more. In Hertha’s decisive weeks, he could advancate to the continuous solution.
“Now we have four finals,” Boateng said with a view of the season final spurt. Next week, it is against the direct competitor VFB Stuttgart. Subsequently, the also strongly descent-threatened Arminia from Bielefeld waits. “We can prepare for a week on the next end game. I hope we can close the bag as quickly as possible, so that we have a little fun in the end,” Boateng said.
Felix Magath satisfied, but not euphoric
Especially his coach, the Hertha certified a “great, fighting performance”. “We finally showed what you have to show in the relegation battle,” said Magath. There is still no reason for euphoria. “Little has changed in the situation. We continue under pressure,” Magath analyzed.
Accordingly, he wants to “continue working as intense”. Only then did his team have a chance against Stuttgart. Whether the leit figure Boateng is then again in the starting element, Magath was still open.
A surprise, as in the game against Augsburg, it would not be after the performance on Saturday.