Sport Dardai: "The club has planned a bit from zero to a hundred"
Khedira on the jump into the starting
His 33-minute appearance in Stuttgart (1: 1) was a letter of application for more. It was well received by the trainer. Hertha coach Pal Dardai is considering starting winter newcomer Sami Khedira (33) for the first time on Sunday against RB Leipzig. © picture alliance Sami Khedira stands for "calm, stability, commitment" at Hertha BSC. Three times 20 minutes on a large field: That was the endurance test of this training week on Wednesday.
Pal Dardai doesn't have time for statistics. One of them will frame the game against FC Augsburg, which is so important from a sporting point of view: Dardai will draw level with Jürgen Röber on Saturday in his 157th Bundesliga game as Hertha coach.
Under Röber, with whom Hertha was promoted to the Bundesliga in 1997, Dardai grew up as a footballer. Now, in the sixth game after his return to the Hertha Bank, the Hungarian catches up with his former sponsor. Dardai will play game number 157 on Saturday afternoon as Hertha BSC's Bundesliga coach. This brings him to the Röber brand, who was in office between January 1996 and February 2002. Only one person sat longer on the bench of the club from Berlin-Charlottenburg: Helmut Kronsbein, nicknamed "Fiffi", who played a total of 212 Bundesliga games on the sidelines in two terms (July 1966 to March 1974, December 1979 to June 1980) came.
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Dardai calls his two terms of office "two different periods in the first, the whole club was treated like a child of its own. The whole development was a different philosophy, a lot with young players, a lot with our academy. That was a different time, a nice time. What is coming now, I have not planned. Now is a different philosophy. The club had big wishes and planned a bit from zero to a hundred according to my taste. And now you have to save yourself. And that is very difficult, but we can get out of there together. "
Dardai: "I already forgot what I had breakfast"
Dardai is not up for sentimentality anyway - not only because of the tense sporting situation. 157 is "a nice number," says Dardai. "I love this club, I love this city. But I forget everything that lies behind me. I don't concern myself with statistics. I have already forgotten what I had breakfast today. What has been does not count. In football it counts only the next pass. "
Now also Khedira: Hertha hope is missing in the “must-play”
If only Pal Dardai had only listened to his gut instinct. The hapless Hertha coach anticipated the painful end for Sami Khedira at half-time in the 2-0 draw against VfL Wolfsburg. © Swen Pförtner / dpa Threatening to fail longer: Hertha professional Sami Khedira. The ex-world champion did not want to be replaced. "I know my players better than they do themselves," Dardai said annoyed.
In this case: the next game. Against Saturday's opponent Augsburg, Dardai once achieved his first home win in his first term, a 1-0 on February 28, 2015. "We didn't play well back then," remembers Dardai. "Augsburg was better." If there were a threesome this time as well, the Berliners would probably again be indifferent to how it came about. After five games under Dardai - against predominantly top-class opponents, there is a yield of one point and 2:10 goals on the balance sheet. In order not to deprive the breeding ground for the change to a better internal climate and more team spirit, which has been propagated by Dardai and sports director Arne Friedrich for weeks, the first victory is urgently needed. "We want to win the game," emphasizes Friedrich. "No matter how the game ends - after that, the league is not decided for us. But we can read the table. We are in a relegation battle and have a very clear direction, the players know. We have to win against teams like Augsburg to be in to stay in the league. "
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Dardai ("I liked the level and speed") and Friedrich are satisfied with the intensity of the training week. "I was outside every day during the week," says the sports director. "The guys trained with a lot of vigor and energy. That looked good. But in the end we can all talk a lot and say what's good - we have to show it on the pitch."
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After all: There are new options in terms of personnel. As expected, there is a quartet with Matheus Cunha (muscle injury in the thigh), Sami Khedira (muscle injury in the calf), Nemanja Radonjic (adductor injury) and Dedryck Boyata (fatigue fracture in the metatarsus). But Mathew Leckie, who was missing in the previous week at 0-2 in Wolfsburg due to a muscular injury, reported back faster than expected. And also Marvin Plattenhardt, Javairo Dilrosun and Jordan Torunarigha, who were missing for weeks, are training fully again. They are unlikely to be part of the starting XI. But they are definitely candidates for the matchday squad.
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