With a third of the 2015/16 season done and dusted, bundesliga.com is checking in with all 18 clubs to see where they are at after 12 matches.
A visit to the capital these days will mean seeing a particularly happy Old Lady…
The story so far
Hertha did not perhaps harbour the ambitions of being a candidate for a place in Europe next season, but with a third of the season gone, a reassessment may well be due. When Pal Dardai took charge in February, he inherited a side lying 17th in the standings and in desperate need of new life.
The Hungarian breathed that into the side and guided them to safety, but the real transformation has come in the first third of this season with the Berliner currently sitting proudly in fourth after picking up 20 points from 12 games. By comparison, it took Hertha 20 matches to earn as many points last term. In addition, Hertha have a DFB Cup last-16 tie with 1. FC Nürnberg to look forward to, as they dream of an 18th home game at the Olympiastadion this season – in the cup final.
- Only Bayern and Dortmund have won more matches than Hertha have so far this season, with half of their 12 games ending in three points.
- Hertha have the most efficient attackers in the league, with just three attempts on average required per goal.
- The Old Lady's defence is also reliable with only two sides conceding fewer than Hertha's 15.
- Although he has only played 424 minutes, Vedad Ibisevic has already scored four goals for Hertha.
Salomon Kalou has made a telling contribution to Hertha's fine form this season, with ten goals in just 13 appearances – seven from 11 in the Bundesliga. That included his first Bundesliga hat-trick on Matchday 12 against Hannover 96, as he scored with all three of his shots on goal. If that rate sounds good, what about the fact he has scored with every third shot on goal this season? Not even Robert Lewandowski has been that clinical in front of goal.
Most memorable quote
"Not only in Hanover, but all year round we’ve seen that Salomon Kalou has a totally different body language – he's tanked up on self-confidence and getting three goals in one Bundesliga game is quite extraordinary. He's where we wanted him to be."
- Pal Dardai after Kalou's hat-trick against Hannover 96.
Vedad Ibisevic has long proven his goalscoring qualities in the Bundesliga, and, since moving to Berlin in the summer, he has confirmed that he has not lost his touch. With four goals, he has been the perfect decoy for Kalou. And to think it could even have been better for the Bosnia & Herzegovina forward: he has missed three big chances, and suspension has cost him even more playing time.
See all the rises and falls of Hertha Berlin in the first three months of the season, with our fully interactive league table.