As a rule, all elite athletes want to respond to a defeat in the same manner – by facing the next challenge as soon as possible in order to correct what went before. Luckily for those in Berlin, Hertha have the chance to put things right this Saturday afternoon (16/01/21, 15:30 CET). The blue-and-whites will be looking to collect points in Cologne after a shortened week of training. Preparations got underway on Wednesday on the Schenckendorffplatz. "Now it’s about waking up again and getting going in the right direction. We have a really important match ahead of us on Saturday and our full focus lies on that fixture,” said Bruno Labbadia.
Training am 13.01.21
Six players train individually
A few players were missing from the main training group to start the week. Captain Dedryck Boyata, Marton Dárdai, Marvin Plattenhardt, Eduard Löwen, Jessic Ngankam and Matheus Cunha all completed individual sessions. Also missing from the pitch was the injured Javairô Dilrosun. Back in full training was Mathew Leckie. After recovering from an ab strain, the winger had already taken part in training on Monday with the other players who weren’t involved at the weekend. Two days later, he was back with the rest of the squad as well. After warming up with fitness coach Günter Kern, today’s training included drills working on situations with a numerical advantage, playing style and finishing. Head coach Labbadia kept a close eye on his team while giving orders and praise to his players. “Wake up, everyone! React quicker! Well done, keep going!“
Taking on the challenge
The start of training highlighted what Labbadia expects from his team – a better performance and a response to the disappointing result last week. However, Hertha are facing a team who will want to make the game count no matter what. "In Köln we are playing a team that has too few points right now. We have to take on these next few games, especially the job in Cologne, because we are currently nearer the bottom than the teams ahead of us,” said the head coach. After more than 90 minutes of hard work, Labbadia led his men back to the dressing room while chatting with Peter Pekarík.
In the coming days, the team will continue to put the work in in highly-focused training sessions, laying the groundwork for a good result in the cathedral city.