• Jamie Lashley

Manager-less Hertha take the spoils in Paderborn

Life after Jürgen Klinsmann began with a win for Hertha, as the Berlin side recorded a 2-1 victory away at bottom club Paderborn. Under Klinsmann, Hertha mustered only three wins during 10 games but a towering early header from Dedryck Boyata and a Jamilu Collins own-goal, either side of a fortunate Dennis Srbeny goal, were enough for all three points on Saturday. Klinsmann resigned during week, telling the media that he did not feel he had the backing of the ambitious Hertha board. Die Alte Dame spent more than any other club worldwide in the January transfer window, with marquee signings such as Krzysztof Piatek demonstrating a determination to qualify for European competitions. All eyes are now on Croatian Niko Kovac. A former player Hertha player, Kovac has been linked with the vacant Manager’s job after being dismissed by Bayern Munich in the autumn. Elsewhere

The red-hot teenage sensation, Erling Haaland, was back on the scoresheet for Dortmund as they humbled the in-form Eintracht Frankfurt 4-0. The Norwegian teenager won the Player of the Month award for January after 5 goals in just 60 minutes last month.A special mention must also be made for wing-back duo Raphaël Guerreiro and Achraf Hakimi: The former rifled home from 20 yards; whilst the latter Hakimi grabbed two assists.BVB are part of the Bundesliga’s intense title race, which is led by Bayern Munich, who defeated Cologne 4-1, and RB Leipzig who triumphed 3-0 over strugglers Werder Bremen. Borussia Mönchengladbach and Bayer Leverkusen remain in the fight after wins on the road against Dusseldorf and Union Berlin respectively.As the debate continues regarding self-standing in grounds in the UK, Deutsche Welle wrote about the continued use of standing areas in German stadiums, highlighting Union Berlin’s success in their Stadion an der Alten Försterei.

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