Hertha coach Ante Covic does not see a duel between East and West in his club’s first Bundesliga derby against the 1st FC Union.
“There is no such thing with us. We don’t think so. We are an association for the whole of Berlin,”said the coach before the game on Saturday (18:30 o’clock) of the”Berliner Morgenpost”.
The 44-year-old pointed out that players born in the GDR such as Andreas Thom and Axel Kruse played at Hertha and the Union has many ex-Herthans. There can never be an East-West duel for me. “Covic was born as the son of guest workers in Berlin and experienced the fall of the wall thirty years ago in Croatia.” I still remember today that my parents had tears in their eyes. Because it was just a beautiful event. That’s why I would never talk about East-West, I think it’s wrong,”said the former federal league pro and Croatian junior national player.
He looks forward to an emotional derby.” But please let us carry all this out on the sporting level, and please: Do not pull up the wall again.”
After four duels in the stadium An der Alte foresterie meet the former GDR Oberligist Union and the long-time Bundesligist Hertha for the first time in the highest German game class.