Berlin – The date of the return of the Bundesliga has been a constant topic of discussion over the past few weeks. However, now that professional football has been given the green-light to continue in Germany, that date has now been set. Hertha will re-start their season with a trip to TSG Hoffenheim on Saturday (16/05/20, 15:30 CET) as the first of nine remaining fixtures. Speaking of nine, the Blue Whites began a week of training in preparation for a Bundesliga match for the first time in nine weeks on Monday, and are glad that the wait is finally over. “Despite it being an unusual situation, we’re all really excited to get going again! For us, the most beautiful thing in the world is starting up again,” Marius Wolf is looking forward to getting back underway.
“There aren’t any excuses!”
However, despite this small step back towards normality, the everyday lives of the players is still far from normal. Due to the Coronavirus pandemic and the protective measures put in place because of it, Bruno Labbadia and his side have been kept in quarantine in the ‘Palace’ team hotel since Sunday. Their daily commutes to the training complex on Schenckendorffplatz take place via coaches, in strict compliance with the social distancing regulations. Their meals are currently being prepared by the team Head Chef Jens Wegner. “It’s an unusual situation that we aren’t used to. But we’re taking it as it is and there aren’t any excuses,” Wolf commented on the unfamiliar training routine of late.
Nevertheless, Wolf, his teammates and the coaching staff will all do everything they can to celebrate a successful return to the Bundesliga in Sinsheim on Saturday. “It’s important to use this final week before the re-start of the season effectively in order to make sure we are as prepared as possible. We’ve spoken about this day for a long time now, and on Saturday it’s finally here,” said the new head coach Bruno Labbadia, who is focusing on the positives of their current training conditions. “We’re all together 24/7 in the hotel quarantine. In addition to the work we’re doing on the pitch, it also gives me the opportunity to have lots of conversations with my players and completely focus on the task ahead of us,” said the coach enthusiastically.