Hertha Berlin – Union Berlin: Disheartening Derby Rocked By Clumsy Visitors (4-0)
A disheartening Union Berlin side had its derby spoiled by a rather unimpressive Hertha Berlin. With issues popping up in and out of possession, all the hosts needed were twelve minutes to put the game to bed, extending Bruno Labbadia’s newest managerial streak to two significant wins.
Tactical analysis and match report by Kareem Bianchi.
Hertha Berlin’s third manager of the season got off to a flying start in a resonating 3-0 away win at Hoffenheim. The performance was not as resonating as the scoreline suggests, though, which anticipated an interesting test against Union Berlin’s defense, capable of annoying a rusty Bayern Munich offense one week prior. Positioned one point away from each other, with Hertha and Union Berlin respectively in eleventh and twelfth place, the Berlin Derby was the perfect opportunity to gain some ground over their closest challengers.
Bruno Labbadia only made one change to his debut winning eleven, replacing Maximilian Mittelstädt with Vladimír Darida. The traditional 4-4-2 / 4-4-1-1 system was kept in place as well.
On the other hand, Urs Fischer took drastic measures and switched no less than four players compared to last Monday; Neven Subotić, Keven Schlotterbeck, Christopher Lenz and Anthony Ujah came in for Marvin Friedrich, Michael Parensen, Ken Reichel and Sebastian Andersson. They chose to sit back in a shape that resembled the 5-2-3 formation that can be seen quite often nowadays in Europe’s top leagues. The two wingers - or attacking midfielders - in this formation can either join . . .