Five days after the unadorned 3-1 win at VfL Bochum, Hertha BSC is waiting for the second climber: Against SpVgg Fürth, coach Pal Dardai expects “not a miracle kick” on Friday evening, but “a work victory”. There is still a lot going on for the club – but also for him.
Upset after the false start: Fredi Bobic with Arne Friedrich and Pal Dardai (from left).
After the bad news received at the beginning of the week, the personnel situation at the league sixteenth relaxed at least a little. Lukas Klünter (shoulder surgery) and Jordan Torunarigha (thigh injury), who were injured in Bochum, will be absent for several weeks. Stevan Jovetic (calf) and Rune Jarstein (post-heart muscle build-up training) are also still out. But from the trio Krzysztof Piatek, Marvin Plattenhardt and Davie Selke, who returned to team training on Tuesday, at least one professional will join the matchday squad. He will take attacker Selke with him, announced coach Dardai in the matchday press conference on Wednesday. The striker was last out for two and a half weeks because of a broken rib at the 5-0 draw in Munich.
Principle be careful with Marton Dardai and Piatek
It is still open whether Marton Dardai will be there against Fürth. The central defender, most recently injured in his ankle, completed an endurance test on Wednesday. For him, as for Piatek, who returned to training on Tuesday (after a broken ankle), the principle of caution applies in case of doubt. “I still have to look at some values,” said Pal Dardai. “We don’t want to score an own goal there.” He called the test of strength with the Franconian climber “an important game for us – I don’t want to talk about must, I want to. The team wants, you saw that in Bochum. With the feeling of victory that we have worked for, we just want keep working. It gets better and better. With victories comes self-confidence and with won duels a good feeling. ”
Clear denial from Bobic: “There is little room for maneuver”
For an even better feeling – in the dressing room as well as on the management floor of the club – further victories are needed after troubled weeks and resentments between sports directors Fredi Bobic and Dardai. In order to strengthen his own position within the club, Dardai needs more sense of achievement. Meanwhile, Bobic spoke plainly at the press conference about a personality that Sport Bild reported on Wednesday. To a rumored, alleged contact between Hertha and Borussia Dortmund’s technical director Edin Terzic, Bobic said: “I can clearly deny it.” When asked about his answer, Bobic told the questioner: “There is little room for maneuver.”