Together with Per Skjelbred, Mathew Leckie and Alexander Esswein, Krzysztof Piątek took to the Schenckendorffplatz on Sunday morning (02/02/20) at 10:23 a.m. - just 36 hours after the Bundesliga match against Schalke 04 ended on Friday evening (31/01/20). Hertha's new number 7 appeared focused and concentrated during his first training session with the entire team. Just a few minutes later, the new addition from AC Milan felt the intensity of the units the coaches had set up. After a sprint competition with the ball at his feet, the 24-year-old had to do some pushups together with Maximilian Mittelstädt, Pascal Köpke & Co. as a 'punishment' for losing the competition, but that didn’t dampen the Polishman’s mood. On the contrary: they laughed and joked - but with the correct amount of focus conveyed by Piątek on the task ahead.
After the sprint competition, ‘El Rondo’ was on the program in four groups for the 20 players - Vladimir Darida and Salomon Kalou worked individually with athletics trainer Hendrik Vieth, Lazar Samardzic and goalkeeper Rune Jarstein recovered in the dressing room. Andunder the meticulous guidance of the coaching staff led by head coach Jürgen Klinsmann, the players practiced their shooting. "Goals, goals, goals", the coach shouted to the players. And the Herthaner did their boss proud! No matter whether it was Köpke with his head, Marko Grujic with a volley or new signing Piątek with his right foot: the balls continued to find the net. The goals were cheered loudly several times - in the middle of it was Krzysztof Piątek. "He’s really getting into the swing of things, he only played for Milan in the cup last week. He has arrived and now we can see that he already feels comfortable. Now it’s time to get to work with him," said Klinsmann on the attacker's integration process. "With each training session, we’ll try to integrate him more and more to get him on the same wave length as his teammates, then he’ll start to implement that on the pitch."
The next opportunity to show how well he knows his new teammates for the Polish striker will be on Tuesday evening (04/02/20, 20:45 CEST) in Gelsenkirchen, when Hertha take on Schalke for the second time as they look to book their place in the DFB-Pokal quarter-finals. "We want to win it within the 90 minutes. It doesn’t necessarily have to go the whole 120," predicted Mittelstädt with a slight smile. After a non-public training session on Monday (03/02/20), the Herthaner will travel to the Ruhr area. On Wednesday (05/02/20, 12:00 CEST) the only public training of the week will take place. On Thursday (February 7th, 2020) and Friday (February 8th, 2020) there will be another session in front of the public, before on Saturday (February 8th, 3:30 pm) it’s back to the Bundesliga against 1.FSV Mainz 05 at the Olympiastadion.