Berlin (dpa) – Hertha wants to rise: after the successful start of the season, trainer Bruno Labbadia also relies on his certain attacking division in the first home game against Eintracht Frankfurt.
“We have different types of forwards that allow us to be flexible. Yet there are still many things to work on,” said the Berlin Bundesliga club coach ahead of Friday’s game (8.30pm / DAZN).
It is still open whether Labbadia will bet on new addition Jhon Cordoba, who scored the same as a substitute in the 4-1 against Werder Bremen, or on Krzysztof Piatek in the center of the attack. The decision is a “matter of feeling,” said Labbadia. After the 1-1 draw against Arminia Bielefeld, Eintracht travels to Berlin with practically the best line-up. Only defender Evan N’Dicka, who has been injured for a long time, is missing.
INITIAL SITUATION: Hertha put away the painful cup exit and made a strong competition start in Bremen. The Frankfurt wants the first three. “It’s an interesting game against a team that plays very physically,” said Labbadia, rejecting the role of favorites. “We are building up and we still have the road ahead, which Eintracht already has behind him,” noted the Hertha coach, referring to the opponent’s recent successes.
In June, the Hessians won the ghost match 4-1 at Hertha. “We like to remember, of course,” said Frankfurt coach Adi Hütter: “But a completely different game awaits us.”
STAFF: Apart from winger Javairo Dilrosun, who still suffers from thigh problems, and midfielder Santiago Ascacibar (advanced training), all Hertha professionals are fit. In Frankfurt, Timothy Chandler could play on the right wing for Danny da Costa. Berlin’s newcomer Cordoba is ready to go.
SPECIAL: For the first time in 202 days, fans will be able to attend a Hertha game at the Olympic Stadium. The current Corona regulations of the state of Berlin allow up to 5000 visitors, Hertha has issued 4000 tickets for spectators. Even though the number remains well below 20 percent of the visitor capacity that the federal states had actually agreed for a test phase, those responsible for Hertha see the opening as positive. “We’re glad to have spectators again. It’s a whole different feeling now,” said Labbadia.