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Lotka in focus – and with the backing of Magath

It was a rather harmless ball from Silvan Widmer on a short corner, but he slipped Marcel Lotka through and into the goal. 25 minutes were played there on Saturday evening in the Berlin Olympic Stadium, Lotkas Fauxpas was synonymous with the 0-1 in the 1-2 defeat against Mainz 05.

One point, the following day after the 2-2 of VfB Stuttgart at FC Bayern, Hertha would have been enough for league. Lotka, who put an almost surreal ascent from number 5 in goal to number 1 within a few weeks, went to court hard after the game: “That was a careless mistake. That must not happen, that was a simple ball. He slipped through my hands, I don’t even know how. This is art to keep simple balls. “

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Despite the serious error and Lotka’s delicate contractual situation, Felix Magath won’t think about exchanging the goalkeeper at the all-or-anything game in Dortmund on Saturday. “I have a full trust that Marcel will play in very good shape at the weekend – no matter what his contractual situation is,” said Hertha coach on Thursday in the matchday press conference. “He also has the team’s trust. There is no one in the area in the area who would doubt that he is currently number 1. There is no thought to change anything. Of course he will be between the posts.”

There is no thought to change anything. Of course he will stand between the posts.

Felix Magath

Borussia Dortmund against Hertha BSC – this is almost certainly the most difficult career game so far for the native Duisburg with Polish roots. In the absence of perspective in Berlin, Lotka had signed a two -year contract in Dortmund at the beginning of the year, where he was and is a squad square in the U 23 in the 3rd division. On March 1, three days after Lotka’s Bundesliga debut (0: 3 in Freiburg), both clubs announced the change.

Wonderful height flight

After that, Lotka’s almost miraculously appearing high -altitude flight in Berlin increasingly accepted more contours. The injury and illness-related absence of competitors Alexander Schwolow, Oliver Christensen, Rune Jarstein and Nils Körber washed the Polish U-21 selection goalkeeper at Hertha BSC in the Bundesliga goal. He stayed there so far.

A development that neither the club nor Lotka even had to come – and which led to Hertha supposedly on time, i.e. before the contractually fixed April 30, a one -sided option clause in Lotka’s contract and thus according to his own view has with the player by 2023. The BVB in turn insists on the two -year contract signed by Lotka.

Hertha’s transfer announcement as a “waiver”?

It would be “a legal thing”, Hertha managing director Fredi Bobic said after the Mainz game. One of the delicate points is that Hertha has communicated the move to Dortmund himself – which could possibly be interpreted as a waiver of exercising the option clause. An intensive exchange with Dortmund – with the aim of finding a solution – should only be available after the game on Saturday. “If everything is over, there will be talk,” announced Bobic on Thursday.

Lotka has to hide a lot

According to Silvan Widmer information, Hertha has long since had concrete considerations to bind Lotka in the long term. Before that, it would need an agreement with the BVB. But first stands for the keeper, which impresses with great presence and a lot of energy, the greatest test so far. Magath knows that his goalkeeper needs top form on Saturday: “He will have to perform a large part of the performance if we want to take something with us in Dortmund.” Everything else – and that’s quite a bit – will have to hide Marcel Lotka for 90 minutes.