Personnel and tactics:
Julian Nagelsmann had almost everyone available to him to select for the squad that was to take on fifth-placed Berlin. After weeks out, Mark Uth returned to the squad, but was on the bench to begin with. In a similar situation was Ermin Bicakcic, who made way for Kevin Vogt, due to his suspension. As usual, our number 22 formed a defensive-three along with Niklas Süle and Benjamin Hübner in front of goalkeeper Oliver Baumann. There was even a little reason to celebrate before the game kicked off, as it was Hübner and Süle’s 50th and 100th Bundesliga game respectively.
Another change that was made up front featured Nadiem Amiri starting in favour of Adam Szalai. Jeremy Toljan and Steven Zuber were deployed on the flanks to start the game, both of whom had reason to celebrate owing to victories for their respective teams during the international break. Julian Nagelsmann deployed the ever-reliable Sebastian Rudy, whilst Kerem Demirbay and Andrej Kramaric also started as attacking options. Right up top was Sandro Wagner.
Mark Uth was able to celebrate his return from injury in the 65th minute, as he was Nagelmann’s first substitute, coming on for Nadiem Amiri. Shortly before the final whistle, TSG made a double-substitution in which Adam Szalai took the place of Andrej Kramaric, whilst Kerem Demirbay was replaced by Eugen Polanski.
Moment of the match:
Goals are indeed always the moments of the match, and in this case Andrej Kramric’s converted penalty fits the bill. Actually: Sandro Wagner’s finger being bent at 90 degrees was somewhat more spectacular. Or even more so, team-doctor Fröhlich simply popping it back into place so that our number 14 could continue playing. “It didn’t hurt during the game. You’re full of adrenaline when you’re playing. I had only seen something like that in action films until then,” said Wagner after the game.
Numbers of the game: 2 and 100
A great evening for Niklas Süle: In his 100th Bundesliga game for TSG, the centre-back scored his second goal of the season and simultaneously scored his second goal against Hertha. BSC don’t seem to account for me. Additionally, Andrej Kramaric’s brace was also important for the number ‘2’, and he now has 10 goals to his name this season.