Brondby vs Hertha by Gustav
Brondby was playing a bit more defensive in the first leg away to Berlin and from what we've seen on the field, they could be happy with a narrow 1:0 result. However, the Danish side will now need to attack and search for a victory, knowing that any goal conceded will make their lives much more harder.
The game itself was quite balanced at the most of the moments, but the Germans proved to be more concrete and deservedly celebrated their narrow victory with a goal from Ibisevic in 28th minute. In previous rounds they won over Valur easily and in a very tough way against Scottish side Hibernian after penalties in the second leg. Overall, the team looks solid for now and has already played decent amount of matches, but they will really have to show something special against rock solid German side Hertha.
As for the domestic league, they started it with two victories, over Esbjerg and Silkeborg, but also made a slight setback last weekend when the team only drew 2:2 at home against Horsens, probably being in their heads already in a re-match game against the Germans. They had the double lead and overall looked better, but paid the price due to lack of concentration in last thirty-five minutes conceding two goals. Home team won't be able to count at defender Patrick Da Silva (1/0) and newly signed forward Gustaf Nilsson who anyway dind't perform this season till now. Their coach rested few players against Horsens, so the strongest lineup is expected.
After few friendly matches and a period of preparations, Hertha had their first official game this season last week against the Danish side and didn't look that fluid with the ball, but still got the decent result - a 1:0 victory, without a goal conceded which was their first target. There is obviously plenty of things that need improvement in their play, but with just a bit of luck, they might progress here without much worries thanks to the result in the first leg.
Bundesliga is set to start in three and a half weeks time, so there's still plenty of time for them to start playing well as a team and no doubt that the side is far away from competitive form. They also had a friendly match on Saturday evening, visiting Braunschweig and taking a 2:1 victory thanks to goals from Haraguchi and Allagui, as the coach decided to give some playing time to the ones who didn't play in the first leg.
With their league starting that late this time, there's no doubt that the target here is to progress, no matter of the way and the beauty of football. Positive news for their coach is that almost all injured players have recovered in the meantime and midfielder Duda, who is their biggest reinforcement from Legia, might be given some playing time here making his debut.
Brondby needs to get a victory here and they don't have many space for calculations. That's something that should open up the game sooner or later and I expect that both teams will score here with easy.