Berlin - Temperatures are rising, but the capital city remains blanketed in snow and ice. Despite the Olympiapark being covered in white, the training ground at the Schenckendorffplatz was clear and ready for use on Tuesday afternoon (16/02). Head coach Pál Dárdai was likely relieved to come across a playable surface, and that his side are in a better position than they were last week. While the people of Berlin kept busy with tobogganing and skating, Dárdai’s side were hard at work at the start of the week. “We focused on pass accuracy, so that the players make better decisions even while under pressure,” Dárdai said during a virtual press conference on Tuesday.
Despite the near-freezing temperatures, our boys were in no danger of being cold during Tuesday’s session. Over the course of the 90-minute-long session, they focused on their positioning in various formations, before moving into three-v-three drills and sprints down the wings. “We want the players to feel more secure. That’s why we’re always working with the ball. The runs were preparation for our next session, where we want to have three 20-minute scrimmages,” said Dárdai.
Formations, tactics and wanting to pick up points
Hertha are undergoing intense preparations ahead of Sunday’s game against RB Leipzig (21/02, 15:30 CET). “We have an excellent scouting department, who have closely observed our opponents. We will take part in two tactical sessions on Thursday and Friday in order to prepare,” said the 44-year-old, who will also be watching Leipzig’s Champions League round of 16 match against Liverpool on Tuesday evening. “I’ll be watching the match more as a football fan, because it’s a different competition to the league,” said Dárdai.
After all, the Bundesliga is not a knockout competition, but instead, the main focus is on picking up points. Something that the ‘Old Lady’ is looking to continue doing this weekend. “The boys are focused and enjoying training and are doing a well. Excluding the first half against Stuttgart, they’ve done a good job of it lately. But, we need to pick up points, since every point counts,” said Dárdai. “We have just one chance, so long as we manage to defend better on Leipzig’s set pieces and crosses.”
Jordan Torunarigha, Marvin Plattenhardt, Jhon Córdoba, Javairô Dilrosun and Dedryck Boyata are all still unavailable, although they have made steady progress in individual training. “We’d rather wait a week longer before reintroducing them,” said Dárdai, who was also without Nemanja Radonjić (adductor issues) on Tuesday. Regardless of which players are available on Sunday, our team will give it their all to add to their points tally.