The wait is over: On Monday, Hertha BSC will play the first game in Mainz after the two-week quarantine. A mammoth program awaits the Berliners in the fight to stay in the league.
Pal Dardai’s arithmetic games contained room for errors and yet led to the only logical result: relegation. “We have three games less than the others,” said the Hertha BSC coach and made a simple requirement before returning to the game: “Four points from three games – that is feasible and the minimum. Then you are no longer on one Relegation place. “
Already on Monday, the first counters will be on the account of the Berliners in the guest appearance at relegation rivals FSV Mainz 05 (6 p.m. in LIVETICKER). “Hopefully one, maybe three,” said Dardai. And zero? That, according to Dardai, would “naturally hurt”. Ultimately, however, only the final accounts are important: “It doesn’t matter whether we score in Mainz or afterwards.”
Dardai and his team are playing their first game in Mainz since April 10th. Five days later, the team was sent to a 14-day quarantine due to the corona. For those involved, the beginning of a strange time in the “home office”.
When training on the treadmill and bike, the basic fitness was maintained, the fast, football-specific movements could only be simulated to a limited extent in your own four walls. Even in the tactical area, not everything could be implemented as usual.
Hertha BSC: Boyata, Plattenhardt and Lukebakio are missing
Dardai was also impressed. His team went through training “as planned,” said the Hungarian: “You could tell that the players were pumping. But that’s normal. I’m satisfied with the first two days, it looked very good.”
Also there was the long-injured captain Dedryck Boyata, for whom a starting eleven is probably too early. Marvin Plattenhardt and Dodi Lukebakio, who suffered from Corona in April, will also be missing. The duo, who had to take it easy in isolation, received approval for individual training after check-ups.
During the isolation, the Berliners slipped to 17th place. There is still “not such a great pressure,” said Dardai, who sees Hertha facing “feasible tasks” in the season finale – despite the mammoth program of six games in 19 days.
After Mainz (34 points), Hertha will meet the direct competitors 1. FC Köln (29 points) and Arminia Bielefeld (30 points) – as well as the relegated Schalke 04.