Berlin- New Year resolutions are made by so many round the world, and Hertha BSC is of course no different, even if some cases it is more of a wish than a resolution in Michael Preetz’s case: “If we can pick up another 24 points in the Ruckrunde, then we can say it was a good season,” said the sporting director. With half of 48 points after the Hinrunde, Hertha sit tenth in the Bundesliga table, a tally that would have been enough for seventh place two years ago and eighth last year. Hertha ended 2016/17 with 50 points, However, such a scenario is still very much a dream of the Hertha players right now. And they know it:
The foundation for a successful second half of the season lies nevertheless in what is going on now. Pal Dardai and the boys will begin training today (Tuesday, January 2nd) to prepare for the upcoming 17 Bundesliga games, with the first session getting underway at 15:00 CET at Schenckendorffplatz. “We’re expecting the boys back fit and not at all still carrying that winter flab,” said Dardai. The Hertha squad have not been completely training-free during the break, meaning the worries of the coaching staff is thankfully without reason. All players would have undertaken individual processes to keep themselves in check and retain their strength levels. This included keeping themselves active.
Wintercup on Saturday
Dardai and his players will have ten days between the first training session on Tuesday to iron out the creases and be fully pressed and ready to go for Matchday 18 away in Stuttgart on Saturday 13th. The first week of the year will see two session take place on Wednesday and Thursday and one on Friday. The week will culminate in a small wintercup tournament being hosted by Arminia Bielefeld. Hertha will play 1.FC Koeln at 15:50 on Saturday, before the winner of that match takes on the winner of Hannover 96 and the tournament hosts. The two losers will also play off for third place. There will be no winter training camp away from Berlin this year.