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"It’s a new start for me"

After his first training session back with the team, Eduard Löwen spoke about the reasons for his return, valuable experience out on loan, and his new goals in the capital city.

After his first training session back with the team, Eduard Löwen spoke about the reasons for his return, valuable experience out on loan, and his new goals in the capital city.

On transfer deadline day, not only did Hertha bring in two new players, but a familiar face as well. Midfielder Eduard Löwen returned to Berlin ahead of schedule as he saw his loan spell at FC Augsburg cut short. The 23-year-old returns after half a season away from the club, having gained lots of valuable experience. Now, he’s setting ambitious targets for his return to Hertha: "I want to give my all so that I can be a part of the team as soon as possible,” says the former Germany youth international. Head coach Bruno Labbadia recognizes the value of Löwen’s versatility: “I’ve known him for a long time already and I have seen his development. For me, he is somebody who can play in many positions and now he has a fresh start here. He’s capable, that’s for sure, and now he has to show it in matches.”  

On Thursday (08/10/20), after completing training alongside teammates new and old, Hertha’s new number 23 spoke to the press about the reasons for his return, conversations with the manager, and a new start with the Old Lady.

herthabsc.de: Edu, welcome back to Hertha BSC. After half a year in Augsburg you will now pull on the blue and white shirt again. Can you talk us through your return to Berlin?
Löwen: I was always open for a return, to be honest. In the past week I had a good talk with Bruno Labbadia, and I also received positive signals from the club. Then Michael Preetz called me to say that he wanted to bring me back to Hertha, so I spoke with the directors at Augsburg. In the end, everything moved pretty quickly; first contact was on Wednesday, I said goodbye to my Augsburg teammates on Saturday and travelled to Berlin that evening.

herthabsc.de: A lot has changed at the club since the start of your loan spell – there are plenty of new faces in the squad. What has been your first impression of your new teammates and the new coach?
Löwen: I had been looking forward to seeing the lads again! Even though the team has changed a little, there are still plenty of players who I knew from before. Mathew LeckieMarvin PlattenhardtLukas Klünter and Maximilian Mittelstädt, for example. A lot of players are away on international duty right now, but next week we will all be together again. 

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"I got a lot of match practice in Augsburg, which I haved learned from and can take with me moving forwards. I would say that I return as a more mature player."

Eduard Löwen

herthabsc.de: You also have a new coach in Bruno Labbadia. What expectations does he have of you?
Löwen: The coach told me that if I keep working hard then I will be able to get plenty of playing time under him. He can’t promise me anything, though – that would be dishonest. No coach can guarantee that I will play all the time, but obviously I would prefer to get 90 minutes every week. In the end it is up to me to show what I can do in every training session. There is open competition for places, and all the guys are involved. The coach sees my best role as central midfield, but I’m also capable of playing as a holding midfielder or as a number 10. I feel most comfortable in central or defensive midfield.

herthabsc.de:
 In Augsburg you managed to achieve your goal of playing regular football, featuring 16 times during your loan spell. How has the time away helped you?
Löwen: I spoke openly with Jürgen Klinsmann during the winter and he told me that I wouldn’t have the chance to play very often if I were to stay, so the loan was the right decision. I got a lot of match practice in Augsburg, which I haved learned from and can take with me moving forwards. I would say that I return as a more mature player. Now I'm happy to be back, even if my first six months in Berlin didn’t go too well. I’m not looking at the past – this is a new start for me.

herthabsc.de: You will wear the number 23 following your return to Hertha. What ambitions do you have for the future?
Löwen: I did well in the fitness tests at the start of the week. Despite a small injury I picked up at Augsburg, I’m in good shape. I’ve also watched lots of Hertha games to see what the coaching staff demand of the players. I will give everything to be a part of this team as soon as possible. I have also told myself to approach things with a more open attitude this time, so that I find my way better than I did before.

Teams, 08.10.2020