Important games continue on, despite the unusual times. After the Herthaner succeeded not only in taking a step back into everyday sporting life, but also in a convincing away win to restart the Bundesliga in Hoffenheim, the derby against 1.FC Union is up next. On Friday evening (22/05/20, 8.30 p.m.) the blue and whites will welcome their bitter vials to the Olympiastadion. "The win over the weekend was good for the players, you could see that," said Bruno Labbadia. "We would now like to take the momentum with us into the training week and into the game on Friday. There is still a lot to do, we want to keep working hard and use every session we have in this short week!”
Trio train individually
The first team themselves also want to take advantage of this week’s sessions to stake their claim to a place in the starting XI on Friday evening. Training started on Tuesday morning with an intensive warm-up, followed by tactics and finishing practice. In any case, Labbadia will have another personnel option in Vladimir Darida, who had to serve a suspension last weekend. At the start of the week, Karim Rekik and Marius Wolf, along with Florian Baak all trained individually with athletic trainer Hendrik Vieth. However, it is still too early to predict who will play against Union, given that there are still plenty of training sessions to go before the game. "We have to see from game to game - who is ready,” emphasised Bruno Labbadia. "We look at who is fit and who will help us the most in the upcoming fixture. I want everyone to go full throttle." These words should go down well with the players of the 'Alte Dame' - because they will definitely have to go full throttle to win the derby this time!