Football is always a psychological battle as well as a physical one, and it is no secret to anyone in the business that a lot of things are much easier on the back of a win. After a successful start to the year, the capital city boys are off to Bielefeld to face Arminia on Sunday, 10th January. The aim is simple: Win and keep building on the positive feeling around the club. It would be the first time in the ongoing season for the Old Lady to win two consecutive games. "We are glad we started the year well – now we have a game ahead of us against the team that has covered the most ground all season. We’re expecting a high-intensity game," said Bruno Labbadia, looking ahead to Sunday’s challenge. A challenge which he believes his players are well-equipped for overcoming. "Just like in the week before Schalke, we’ve trained well and we feel good. Wins give you confidence – and we want to win again on Sunday."
Return to old stomping ground
For the Hertha head coach, Sunday’s away game is a trip down memory lane: Between 1998 and 2001, Labbadia played for Arminia – incidentally alongside sporting director Arne Friedrich towards the end of his spell. "It was a nice spell – both on and off the pitch. The Bielefelder Alm is a nice, cosy stadium which you could just as well find in England - a real gem in the heart of the city," said the 54-year-old, reminiscing.
Michael Preetz also touched upon dealings in the current transfer window: "Of course we are putting together considerations, but as always we are doing this internally, not in the public eye. We are monitoring the market and weighing up the decision on when and whether to make a move," said the managing director for sport, who is expecting an "interesting game" against the promoted side.