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“Responsible and moderate”

Managing director for sport Michael Preetz spoke to the media on Wednesday (07/10/2020) and looked back on a long transfer window.

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"You had to be responsible and moderate with the resources that you had available."

Michael Preetz

A long transfer window is over for Bundesliga clubs, and Hertha BSC were busy right until the end. The ‘Old Lady’ completed five deals on a busy but productive deadline day on Monday (05/10). “We’re pleased that this period is complete and we can place all our attention on the football, but we know that the next transfer window is only three months away,” said Preetz on Wednesday.

Michael Preetz on…

… the transfer window: I don’t share the opinion that a lot more was possible in this window. I’m pleased that the longest window that we’ve ever had is behind us. It was very different to what we’ve experienced in the past. There’s no doubt that the pandemic played a big role in that – it had a huge influence on the way every club went about their business. You had to be responsible and moderate with the resources that you had available. Everyone at the club was in agreement that we would take this approach.

...the impact of the pandemic on transfer activity: It was an unusual window. That’s understandable because of the pandemic, which clubs had to take into account. I hope, especially for the entire population, that the health situation changes and that we will be able to find the right medication to be able to leave Covid-19 behind. I think that we’ll be closer to normality then – also in the transfer market.

… incomings and outgoings: Lucas Tousart, who agreed to join us when circumstances were more normal, is one of our summer additions, along with Jhon Córdoba as a centre forward and a goalkeeper with Bundesliga experience in Alexander Schwolow. Towards the end of the window, we reacted to what was going on with our defence – such as the injury to Jordan Torunarigha. We know that Karim Rekik had been an important part of our defence over the past three years. We needed to balance that and therefore decided to make a transfer. Additionally, in Deyovaisio Zeefuik we brought in an exciting full back who will continue to develop in Berlin, as well as one of the best talents in French football in Mattéo Guendouzi. He joins us not only with potential, but also a lot of Premier League experience.

… alternatives in defence: In Jordan Torunarigha, we’re missing a regular in the centre of defence. Since Bruno Labbadia came in as coach, Jordan and Dedryck have been very safe at the back. With Omar Alderete we’ve added an alternative option for this position and strengthened the defence in general. I think we’ve been able to bring balance to the team.

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"We have an exciting and promising squad that is capable of competing; it’s a squad I’m pleased with. "

Michael Preetz

… objectives for the team: We have an exciting and promising squad that is capable of competing; it’s a squad I’m pleased with. Now we can focus fully on the players. We can’t catch up with clubs that have established themselves on the international stage after just one or two transfer windows, but we have to successfully develop a team through incoming transfers. The goal remains the same: we want to aim towards the European spots.

… the return of Eduard Löwen: We signed Edu last season and up until the loan in January it didn’t really work out for him. There were several reasons for that: he competed at the European Championships and had a longer break when the rest of the team were training. After that he was held back by injuries. In January there was the opportunity for him to get more minutes at FC Augsburg and that worked out well. His return obviously coincides with Arne Maier going out on loan, who had asked for a move in order to get more match practice. The plan was to extend Arne’s contract while recalling Edu from his loan, and we managed to do both perfectly.

… new signing Mattéo Guendouzi: We need to give Mattéo time to settle in. I think he will find it easier to do that here because we have a few players who speak the same language as him. He is a very intelligent player and has a lot of experience at a high level for someone of his age. He is a very active player and has a good character. Before he joins up with us properly, he’ll be able to get more match practice with his national team. He is a very promising player.

… his thoughts on the season so far: In the first three games, we’ve scored eight goals. We’re able to score goals and play offensive and attractive football, but above all, we’re able to be successful. However, we need to be secure in defence while also showing off our attacking quality.

Teams, 08.10.2020