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.
The story so far
A visit to the capital these days will mean seeing a particularly happy Old Lady…
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.