As training got underway on Tuesday (09/02/21), the thermometer showed an icy -8 degrees. The pitch was covered in snow from the day before while more continued to fall. Having begun preparations for the Stuttgart match with an indoor session on Monday, the Hertha players returned to the pitch at Schenckendorffplatz with a tournament, some sprints and more than a little bit of fun.”It’s hard to train with this much snow but we made the best of it and got to work as usual,” said Maximilian Mittelstädt after the hours’ training.
Green team celebrating in the snow
A mixture of fun and hard work: the squad played a tournament in training before capping off with some tough sprints on Tuesday (09/02/21).
Green team wins the tournament – Sprints to finishAfter warming up in the changing rooms, the squad was divided into four teams of seven as they played a tournament across two pitches. Missing today were the injured Jordan Torunarigha (injured hip muscle and tendon), Dedryck Boyata (injured foot), Javairô Dilrosun (knee injury), Marvin Plattenhardt and Jhon Córdoba (muscle issues). The competition was played as a round-robin format with eight minute matches. The bright orange balls were also in use. The blue-and-whites took a while to get used to the unique conditions but grew better and better as the session wore on. The tournament was filled with tough tackling and a few great goals with celebrations to match. Head coach Pál Dárdai had to curb his lads’ enthusiasm once or twice, shouting “careful, guys, careful,” as he conducted the tournament alongside assistant Admir Hamzagić. The green team, comprising of Marcel Lotka, Mittelstädt, Deyovaisio Zeefuik, Santiago Ascacíbar, Mattéo Guendouzi, Jessic Ngankam and Matheus Cunha, seemed to enjoy the snow the most and emerged triumphant in the six-minute final against the red team. “The ball was zipping around fine despite the snow. It was a lot of fun,” said winning team member Mittelstädt.
After the celebrations, complete with a photo to mark the occasion, coach Dárdai put his team through some intense sprints on a section of the ground that had been cleared of snow. The week’s training is now off to a great start as the Herthaner look ahead to Saturday’s match against VfB Stuttgart (13/02/21). More sessions are to follow this week to ensure that the lads are in top form for the game; the focus this week will be on pressing and transitions as well as working with the ball in tight spaces. Hertha are now well-prepared in case of snow at the weekend, although the forecast for Stuttgart this weekend looks to make for better footballing conditions with sunshine, temperatures of “just” -3 degrees and a 10% chance of precipitation.
Watch highlights of today’s tournament thanks to HerthaTV!