Coach Urs Fischer had to be injected for the cup game and was not impressed with his team's performance afterwards

    Union coach Urs Fischer (centre) Photo: dpa/Hendrik Schmidt

    By Matthew Koch

    Goodbye is fun. The new Hertha coach Sandro Schwarz (43) experienced his last Bundesliga game as a coach with Mainz against Union of all places. In November 2019 he lost 2:3 at home – and was fired a day later…

    Union coach Urs Fischer (56) remembers it well. Fischer: “I remember that we were 3-0 up. But in the end we were fools that we still won 3-2. But that was a while ago.”

    Will Fischer become black again?

    If he defeats the Hertha trainer again with his Unionern, he will hardly be fired. But Union can give the city rivals another hearty moral damper.

    Football: Bundesliga, Hertha BSC, start of training on the Schenckendorfplatz.  Sandro Schwarz, new head coach Hertha BSC, gives instructions.  +++ dpa picture radio +++

    Hertha coach Sandro Schwarz Photo: dpa

    Hertha arrives with four bankruptcies in her luggage. The last three preparatory games were lost. Added to this is the embarrassing loss of the cup at second division bottom Braunschweig on penalties. The fourth derby defeat in a row would make Hertha fans sad right at the start of the league.

    Fischer still spoke strongly to Hertha so that the burden of favorites for Union would not be quite as great. The Swiss also referred to the fact that his own team only narrowly advanced in the cup in Chemnitz (2-1 a.e.t.): “We have a lot to do well.”

    This also applies to Fischer’s starting record. In all three Bundesliga seasons, the Irons never won the first game of the season. There were bankruptcies against Leipzig (0:4) and Augsburg (1:3), last year there was a draw against Leverkusen (1:1).

    Union always had home rights. It’s time for the first start win.


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