Hertha’s new coach Sandro Schwarz completed his first training session on the pitch with 28 players, including the three newcomers.
First unit on the field: Hertha’s new coach Sandro Schwarz
When first the staff and then the pros entered the lawn of the Schenckendorffplatz at quarter past three on Wednesday afternoon, there was a lot of applause from the 300 fans present. The mood of the supporters had skyrocketed shortly before the start of training: Hertha announced the extension of the contract with Kevin-Prince Boateng until 2023. The son of the club and the city, who returned home last summer after 14 years abroad, should also be an important contact for Felix Magath’s successor Sandro Schwarz in the dressing room and on the pitch.
Jovetic could come back sooner
At the 85-minute start on the grass – after two days of medical and performance diagnostics – the nine players were missing. Dedryck Boyata (Belgium), Peter Pekarik (Slovakia), Fredrik Björkan (Norway), Krzysztof Piatek (Poland), Omar Alderete (Paraguay), Jurgen Ekkelenkamp, Daishawn Redan (both U 21 Netherlands) and Marton Dardai (U 21 Germany). board on July 4th. It is possible that one or the other of them will make their way to a new club before that. Stevan Jovetic, who was with the Montenegrin national team but didn’t play in the Nations League games, is said to return earlier.
Ngankam trains individually
Also missing on Wednesday was substitute candidate Santiago Ascacibar, who is on vacation in Argentina until Saturday, as well as Suat Serdar and Dong-Jun Lee. Both were recently injured and were cycling in the weight room. Jessic Ngankam, who recently canceled the U-21 international matches of the DFB due to injury, trained individually with athletic trainer Markus Hödl.
Three newcomers and a perceived newcomer
The three newcomers Filip Uremovic, Jonjoe Kenny and Tjark Ernst were among the 28 players who, under the watchful eye of sporting director Fredi Bobic, were scheduled to do pass exercises and play forms for small and large goals after the warm-up program – and with winter shopping Kelian Nsona, who spent the second half of the season in rehab following a cruciate ligament rupture, feels like another new signing.
Homegrown players Marten Winkler (19), Luca Wollschläger (19), Mesut Kesik (19), Julian Eitschberger (18), Lukas Ullrich (18) and new professional Derry Scherhant (19) are currently allowed to audition. They should not only travel to the six-day training camp in Kienbaum, which Hertha will move into next Monday, but also to the second camp in England (July 12th to 23rd, Burton-upon-Trent).
First there are double shifts on Thursday and Saturday (10 a.m. and 4 p.m.), on Friday and Sunday (11 a.m.) there is one training session each. After the training game ended 0-0 on Wednesday, it is clear given the tight training schedule: Goals are only a matter of time.