In the past there have always been scientific studies that cast doubt on the effect of coaching changes in football. It is difficult to say how serious and reliable such studies are. After all, no one knows how things would have turned out without a change of manager.
A new coach works because he not only brings other ideas; he also has a different, as it were, impartial view. Ideally, he judges only what is and not what has been. At Hertha BSC, so to speak a master when it comes to changing coaches, this can be observed at the moment in an almost ideal way.
Since Felix Magath replaced the hapless Tayfun Korkut six weeks ago, the team has improved in all key parameters. She runs and sprints more, she concedes fewer goals; Above all, she wins more often, so that Hertha can already take the decisive step towards staying up in the league this Saturday, in the away game at Arminia Bielefeld (3.30 p.m., live on Sky).
Last but not least, Felix Magath proves with his team line-ups that he approaches things with an open mind. Some players who previously received little attention because they were considered too old/too bad/too injury-prone have become real pillars of the team. Right-back Peter Pekarik, 35, for example, or Marvin Plattenhardt, 30, at the other end of the back four. Kevin-Prince Boateng, 35, of course. But also Lucas Tousart, who celebrated his 25th birthday on Friday and, at least in terms of age, does not quite fit into this group.
Always new rumors about his departure
With a fee of 25 million euros, the Frenchman is still Hertha’s most expensive purchase in the club’s history. He was signed during the gold rush phase, shortly after investor Lars Windhorst got on board, when a high price was just good enough for Hertha. Tousart came from the top French club Olympique Lyon, whom he scored in a 1-0 win over Juventus in the Champions League round of 16.
The expectations of Tousart were correspondingly high, but have remained largely unfulfilled to this day. On both sides, by the way. The fact that Hertha does not go above mediocrity in the Bundesliga, “that’s not really why I came here,” Tousart told the Sofoot.com portal at the end of last year.
In this respect, it is not surprising that there were repeated rumors that the midfielder could, should, must leave Hertha again. This was the last time in winter, which Fredi Bobic, the sports director of the Berlin Bundesliga team, has firmly denied. He doesn’t even know how anyone could come up with the idea that Hertha wanted to give up Tousart. But these days there was talk again that the club wanted to get rid of the Frenchman in the summer because his princely salary no longer fit the time.
Only a short time ago there would probably have been little objection from the fan scene, but that is changing. Tousart, who has scored two goals and provided two more assists in 57 competitive games for Hertha since the summer of 2020, is getting more and more recognition for his achievements; The fact that the team kept three clean sheets in the five games under coach Magath is also down to him.
Together with Santiago Ascacibar, his partner in defensive midfield, the Frenchman has recently been a real stability factor. Last weekend, in the 2-0 win over VfB Stuttgart, he won 18 tackles, more than any other player on the field.
Felix Magath relies on Tousart
“For me, he was a player I put my trust in from the start,” says Magath. In fact, Tousart was always in the starting eleven under him, first as eighth in the 4-1-4-1, then after the system change to a 4-2-3-1 as part of the double six, with which Magath successfully concentrated the centre.
Tousart now gives an idea of what Hertha once saw in him and what made him a potential senior national player in the country of the current world champion. “He’s a complete midfielder with a very good attitude,” says Felix Magath. “In terms of character, he is a real team player, as well as a very good footballer, very strong in stride, who works both offensively and defensively.” Despite all the scientific studies, Lucas Tousart would certainly not claim that a change of coach has no effect.