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Finishing the weekend in second, with only Bayern Munich ahead of them, will do nicely for Hertha

Pál Dárdai was being very careful with his words and rightly so, given his team travel to unbeaten Werder Bremen on Tuesday before hosting the frankly terrifying Bayern Munich. That is an Englische Woche and a half by anyone’s standards. “I know you’re trying to provoke,” the Hertha coach said with a wry smile to journalists prompting him to show some enthusiasm, “but the Hertha fans know me. We’ve had three years of stability – and now, we’ve a team you can really enjoy. Just stay realistic.”

Even if it’s a coach’s job to be balanced, those supporters who know Dárdai so well – he was a player at Olympiastadion for 14 years before taking his current post three-and-a-half years back – could be forgiven for ignoring him on this occasion. Saturday’s thrilling 4-2 win over Borussia Mönchengladbach is exactly the sort of moment you should get carried away with. It even took Die Alte Dame to the top of the table for a few short hours, before Bayern strolled past Schalke. Finishing the weekend in second, with only Bayern having scored more goals so far this season, will do nicely for Hertha.

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Eintracht Frankfurt 1-1 RB Leipzig, Leverkusen 1-0 Mainz, Schalke 0-2 Bayern, Augsburg 2-3 Werder Bremen, Hertha Berlin 4-2 Borussia Mönchengladbach, Hoffenheim 1-1 Dortmund, Nurnberg 2-0 Hannover, Wolfsburg 1-3 Freiburg, Stuttgart 0-0 Fortuna Dusseldorf

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