A small group

Two goalkeepers and 10 outfield players took part in training as Hertha got the week underway on Tuesday afternoon (10/11/20). Despite the small group, the session was an intense one.

Berlin - International breaks are a routine part of the year for all Bundesliga clubs. It’s a time where coaches must train with a smaller group in exchange for allowing some of their players the chance to gain valuable playing time with their national sides. Bruno Labbadia and his colleagues are old hands when it comes to this break in the schedule. “These multiple international breaks are something every club must deal with, but it’s not really ideal for us, as we started going through a rebuild this summer and are still working on developing the team. Now, that’s been interrupted for the third time,” said Labbadia, who was also able to focus on some of the positives. “We’re making the best of it,” he said. “We hope that our lads are able to take the momentum from our win against Augsburg with them to their national sides, are able to pick up playing time and return to us injury-free.” Labbadia welcomed 10 outfield players and two goalkeepers to Tuesday’s session at the Schenckendorffplatz.

Pressing, switching over, scoring goals

In addition to the 12 players away on international duty, Jhon Córdoba (ankle ligament injury), Lucas Tousart (knee problems) and Jordan Torunarigha (quarantine) all missed the opening session. The remaining squad warmed up under the watchful eye of Günter Kern, before moving into various passing drills, as well as working with and without a man advantage. The squad also focused on switching over and pressing on offence. Head coach Labbadia and his staff made small corrections here and there, talking to the players one-on-one during the course of the session. The advice worked, as we witnessed crisp challenges, well-worked attacks and multiple goals.

The 90-minute session ended with several players, including Maximilian Mittelstädt, Jessic Ngankam and Mathew Leckie, staying to practice finishing off crosses. As darkness fell, the first session of the week came to an end. The Blue-Whites will have double-header sessions over the next three days before getting to enjoy a weekend off.

Teams, 10.11.2020