Sport “Small talk” with starting XI candidate Khedira

15:31  19 february  2021
15:31  19 february  2021 Source:   motorsport-total.com

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perspective for Sami Khedira, declaration of love to Matheus Cunha. Before the seemingly hopeless duel with feared opponents RB Leipzig, Hertha coach Pal Dardai has his best footballers in view. Ex-world champion Khedira could be on Sunday (3.30 p.m. / Sky) for the first time since his move from Juventus Turin in the starting line-up of the acute relegation-threatened Bundesliga club. "Of course, I'm thinking that he might play from the start," said Dardai on Friday in the Berlin online press conference. Sami Khedira auf dem Spielfeld. © Carmen Jaspersen / dpa / archive image Sami Khedira on the field.

So far, the 33-year-old Khedira had only been substituted twice in the second half against FC Bayern (0: 1) and at VfB Stuttgart (1: 1). His fitness deficit was still too great. Dardai also wants to keep this joker option open for the new leading player. "It looks good, it could be that he will play from the beginning, it could be that he will come at half-time," said the Hungarian.

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During training, Dardai adjusted the accent with game forms and regeneration phases especially for Khedira on a possible game day simulation. Obviously, Khedira can also decide for himself whether he is on the pitch against RB from the start. He will have a little "small talk" with the midfield strategist, Dardai reported.

vehemently contradicted the coach speculations about a conflict with the Brazilian Matheus Cunha. «I am very pleased with him. He's the best player, ”said Dardai of the 21-year-old, who moved from RB Leipzig to Hertha a year ago for 18 million euros. Cunha hasn't scored a goal in almost 900 minutes. Of the last eleven games without a Cunha goal, Hertha could only win two.

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Dardai's predecessor Bruno Labbadia had also publicly criticized the attacker for his moody character. Hertha's trainer returnees now complained about too much capital boulevard. «You should write honestly. That's not okay, ”said Dardai. Let the story of an argument be made up. The truth is: "I love this boy."

Despite the threat of falling to 16th place, Dardai sees no reason for "hectic" or "panic". "If that means relegation in the end, then it's relegation," said the Hungarian about the relegation battle. The duels against direct competitors are important, he also built another defeat against Leipzig.

Possibly Dardai had previously looked at the balance sheet. Hertha has clearly lost all of their four home games since 2017 against Saxony. 1: 4, 2: 6, 0: 3, 2: 4 are the frustrating numbers from Berlin's perspective. Sports director Arne Friedrich is optimistic: "At the moment, everyone can win against everyone in the Bundesliga, so we can also win against second in the table." X1

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