Berlin – Things are often better on the back of success – which is also the case for footballers. After almost two months without a Bundesliga win, Pál Dárdai’s men finally got three points again at the weekend in Hannover. Those points not only pushed Hertha up into seventh place in the table, but have also given the team some well-needed confidence. “After our win, I had some more success – I managed to buy 99% of my Christmas presents as well”, joked Dárdai after the first training session of the week on Tuesday afternoon (04/12).
Maximilian Mittelstädt and Karim Rekik weren’t risked in Tuesday’s session. “Maxi has some muscular problems, but hasn’t torn anything. He will have to rest for a while – I think he will be back in training on Thursday,” said the Hungarian head coach. Karim Rekik, on the other hand, will be out for a while yet. “Karim’s situation is more serious, he won’t be involved this week. Muscular injuries are always complicated ones,” remarked Dárdai on the Dutchman, who injured himself in the middle of November. Marko Grujić, who missed Sunday’s training due to back problems, and Vladimir Darida both returned to training. Julian Albrecht, an U19 player, also joined the first-team squad.
If everything goes to plan, then both players will be involved in the next few days as well. “It was a good training session. The lads did a lot of running and scored some nice goals. Our next few sessions will focus more on our dynamism and our transitional play,” commented Dárdai. The two sessions on Wednesday and Thursday will be public, whereas Friday’s will be behind closed doors. Saturday will then see the Berliners take on Eintracht Frankfurt at home. The guests are currently fifth in the table, and their 2-1 home defeat against VfL Wolfsburg at the weekend was their first defeat in eleven games. “It will be an exciting game and we hope to win the game with our fans behind us,” said Dárdai ahead of the upcoming fixture.