Manager Oliver Ruhnert does not want to overestimate the initial situation. 1. FC Union Berlin is sixth ahead of the explosive capital duel next Friday. Hertha BSC, the host, is in 13th place. Union scored 16 points from the first nine games of the new Bundesliga season, which was also marked by the Corona crisis. Hertha comes in at half the counters. The table picture was not to be expected and a snapshot, said Ruhnert in an interview with the “kicker” (Monday).
Even if you enjoy the view of the tableau. “But we’ve always said that it’s not what counts for us in the end. Hertha is pursuing a completely different goal than we are,” said Ruhnert. The club from Charlottenburg wants to be where the club from Köpenick is. At best, it should be an international place at the end of the season. Union, on the other hand, sees itself primarily again in the fight against relegation in its second season in the top German division.
“I also think it’s good for Berlin that a team in the capital is trying to play at the top. But that’s not our topic,” emphasized Ruhnert. At the moment they just do it without talking about it. With a prestigious victory at the Herthaners, they could consolidate their place in the front third and make the cushion on the Herthaners a little thicker in the city championship.
Ruhnert identified a problem before the game on Friday at the start of the tenth game day. “To be honest: I dread the derby and this backdrop,” said the 49-year-old. “Coming to this huge stadium in May and witnessing this catastrophic atmosphere was a terrible experience. Of course, nobody could do anything about it. But that gave me lasting headaches,” said Ruhnert: “That was the first time I really noticed what was happening.”
In addition, after their promotion in the summer of 2019 and the 1-0 victory at their home stadium An der Alten Försterei, the Eiserne lost the second leg at Hertha 4-0 on matchday 10. All of the goals came in the second half. “We lost the thread in a few minutes. It was one of the few games in which we were disappointed with the team because they were naive,” said Ruhnert, looking back.