Seven regulars were missing and yet the Werkself still managed an unchallenged 4-1 home win over Beer Sheva last night. In fact, the question was how the Israelis had made it into the European League in the first place, even though their most goal-happy Dutch striker was absent.
Two matchdays before the end of the group phase we are 99% in the next round. Next week in Nice, we could even theoretically lose by three goals and still be ahead, because when the points are equal, the games count against each other. In any case, the Israelis can't catch up with us. And Prague will make a guest appearance in the BayArena in a fortnight' time, when we'll be looking for first place in our group, which would be important in order to get the supposedly easier ticket.
That's still all in the future, it will continue in a three-day rhythm. On Sunday, Hertha's next home game is already waiting for us and we don't want to be just one of the few teams that haven't lost in the league this season, but will stay on top with a triple.