Berlin – The mood within the team on Wednesday (06/01/21) was much better than the weather that greeted them at the Schenckendorffplatz. After enjoying two days off following last weekend’s win against Schalke 04, even the sleet couldn’t dampen the mood within the team. Adding to the good mood were the returns of Santiago Ascacíbar and Eduard Löwen. Mathew Leckie trained individually with rehab coach Hendrik Vieth, with only Dedryck Boyata and Javairô Dilrosun missing out completely. “We’re happy to have Santi back. He has experienced several setbacks lately, which is why we spent a bit longer preparing him,” said head coach Bruno Labbadia. “He made a very good impression.”
Fitness, passing and finishing
The session began with fitness coach Günter Kern leading an intense warm-up. After several laps around the training ground and some running drills, the focus shifted to passing. The Herthaner worked their way through simple passes to start, before heading into more complex combinations. They then moved into small-sided games with shots on goal. The session ended with drills featuring a man-advantage. “The first session was pretty good. We’ve introduced several things already that we wanted to focus on ahead of the Bielefeld game, because we’ve analysed them in depth,” said Labbadia. “We will need a lot of intensity against Arminia.”
Hertha are now looking to build on last weekend’s win with a further three points against Bielefeld. “We started the year well, and want to build on that. Arminia Bielefeld are an opponent that have done a decent job so far. We know what to expect and will prepare the team well,“ said Labbadia.