It may be certainly one of Felix Magath’s particular abilities to ship surprises on tough seas. This time the previous German coach got here up with the concept to revitalise a person who has stood for management expertise previously however was meant to solely play a secondary function after signing with Bundesliga strugglers Hertha BSC, reviews Xinhua.
With the Berlin aspect taking three vital factors in Saturday’s relegation battle towards Augsburg, 35-year-old Kevin-Prince Boateng has become the struggling staff’s undisputed chief.
Triggering a combating spirit amongst his teammates labored nicely within the 68 minutes Hertha’s “outdated man” was on the pitch.
Hertha’s followers witnessed uncommon moments of happiness, as Magath and Boateng hugged one another like kids after a profitable prank.
“He’s a sportsman taking accountability with a whole lot of confidence. He’s main and is very communicative along with his teammates,” the previous Bayern Munich and Fulham supervisor said.
In opposition to Augsburg, Boateng did an ideal job. Within the autumn of an unstable profession that has taken him to 13 golf equipment after turning skilled in 2005 with Hertha, returning to his residence membership after touring Europe was seen as a extra nostalgic transfer. Now, the person meant to be little greater than a morale booster is popping right into a staff chief.
After being substituted, Boateng didn’t cease however continued his efforts to behave as a morale booster. The skilled journeyman not often took his place on the bench however continued shouting and gesturing alongside the touchline.
The 75 per cent of profitable man-to-man duels, in addition to 5 tactical fouls to maintain his aspect alive, made Boateng Hertha’s greatest.
The technique to set off the staff’s combating spirit by offering a job mannequin to comply with paid off.
“That’s the best way I would like the staff to behave; that’s the best way we are able to survive the battle, however we have now to proceed,” Magath said, with 4 rounds of matches remaining within the 2021/22 Bundesliga season.
Two victories in 4 video games lifted Hertha one level above the relegation zone, and the Boateng shock may not be the final one the previous Bayern coach Magath has to invent, as subsequent weekend Hertha’s closest relegation rival, Stuttgart, is ready.