A possible relegation of Hertha BSC would also be a loss for 1. FC Union - there would then no longer be a capital derby in the Bundesliga.
"Logically I would miss that," said Union coach Urs Fischer before the next duel between the two Berlin clubs. "These are games with a lot of emotion. It's about prestige. There's a lot of talking, a lot of writing, these are great games," emphasized Fischer before the next derby this Saturday (3:30 p.m. / Sky) in the Olympic Stadium.
Not only because of the four wins in the past - three in the championship, one in the DFB Cup - the Irons are the clear favorites in the always explosive Berlin encounter. With 33 points, Union played the best half-series since promotion in 2019. Urs Fischer's team won the first two games this year, and the 56-year-old Swiss has practically everything available in terms of personnel.
Hertha, on the other hand, made a nasty false start to the new year, the 0:5 at home against VfL Wolfsburg was particularly painful and plunged the club from Charlottenburg even deeper into the relegation battle with just 14 points from 17 games and the penultimate place in the table. "Such a derby is always emotional, regardless of the table situation, we want to create a different feeling for the club," said coach Sandro Schwarz: "We want to radiate that. It's clear that we have to do it much, much better than last time."