Hertha Berlin vs Wolfsburg Preview

Wolfsburg coach Felix Magath insists he is not getting carried away with his side's form as European football beckons next season.

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Magath leads the Wolves to Hertha Berlin tomorrow [Saturday] on the back of a four-game unbeaten streak, but he does not want to get ahead of himself by thinking about a top-six finish.

Only a few weeks ago, before his side picked up 10 points in four games, the Wolves were in a similar situation to Hertha, who lie in the relegation zone, and that fact is not lost on Magath.

"What is important for me is that we confirm our good recent games in Berlin and that we extend this positive streak," he said.

"That is why this is an important game. We still have a lot of work and improving to do.

"We will have to see what we get out of it in the end, but I don't think that now is the right time to consider what our goals could be."

Magath's primary concern is beating a coaching legend, in his eyes.

"(Hertha boss) Otto Rehhagel is one of the best in the business," he said at the pre-match press conference.

"He has been extremely successful as a coach. He had Bremen playing at the top for years and then led Kaiserslautern from the second division straight to the Bundesliga title after promotion.

"And let's not forget he won the European Championships with Greece and those are successes that, in my eyes, cannot be rated highly enough."

Saving Berlin from relegation would nevertheless rank highly among Rehhagel's achievements.

He took over a side which had lost six games in a row, but a 3-1 win in Mainz last week has fuelled hope they can stay up.

Hertha will be without the injured Maik Franz while Fabian Lustenberger, Andre Mijatovic and Ronny are also likely to miss out.

Thomas Hitzlsperger is not part of the Wolves' squad with his season over due to an operation, but Makoto Hasebe is back.



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