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Hertha fear backlash from simmering FCB

Postby FCBayernNews » Fri Dec 14, 2007 9:45 am

14.12.2007

After the turmoil caused by the suspension of Bayern captain Oliver Kahn, Saturday’s opponents Hertha BSC Berlin fear they may be on the end of a Bavarian backlash at the Olympic stadium this Saturday. “When the going gets tough, Bayern tend to get going,“ Hertha manager Dieter Hoeneß warned two days ahead of the Bundesliga clash.

“Anyone who thinks Bayern will be weaker as a result is barking up the wrong tree,“ Hoeneß continued. The official would not be speaking to his brother and fellow general manager Uli, he reported. “Bayern have their problems and we have ours. They shouldn’t be mixed up,“ Dieter Hoeneß advised.

<b>Chance and challenge</b>

The men from Munich have been through a spell of patchy form recently with disappointing draws against Duisburg und Sporting Braga, which may or may not be exacerbated by the shock penalty handed down to Kahn, but the side playing at home in front of a capacity crowd at the Berlin Olympic stadium go into the match on the back of three consecutive defeats and a dangerous flirt with the relegation zone.

“Obviously you look forward to playing Bayern, but there’s no escaping our disappointment at the way we’ve fallen below expectations recently,“ Dieter Hoeneß explained, billing the match against the league leaders in front of a 74,000 crowd as a “chance and challenge for each individual player.”.

<b>Hertha desperate for mid-season break</b>

Following a disappointing campaign so far, Hertha boss Lucien Favre has already announced a brutal and frank analysis of the club’s problems, with the prospect of busy transfer activity in the capital come January. The Swiss coach is dissatisfied with a majority of his squad, and dressing room morale is reported to be low.

“You could say the winter break’s arrived at the right time, so we can do what we have to do,“ commented Hoeneß, preparing to loosen the Hertha purse strings as necessary. “We need a dramatic improvement in our desire and will to win. We’ve been way below par in this respect.“

<b>Lima doubtful</b>

Hertha are definitely without midfielder Lucio and Patrick Ebert at the weekend, while Brazilian striker André Lima (back) is rated doubtful. Germany star Arne Friedrich is struggling with injury and Polish stopper Lukasz Piszczek may be recalled to the squad. Coach Favre issued a rallying call to his troops: “No-one’s invincible,“ he declared.
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