Bundesliga club Hertha BSC started the final preparation phase for the first relegation game against Hamburger SV.
On Tuesday afternoon, Hertha coach Felix Magath headed the first training session in the short-term training camp in the Olympic and Paralympic training center Kienbaum east of Berlin. “We want to be together to focus on ourselves,” Magath had outlined the program with regard to the first leg on Thursday in the Olympic Stadium (8:30 p.m./Sky and Sat.1).
After the arrival, the 68-year-old also asked for a 75-minute training session on the idyllic Olympic Stadiums facility. Goalkeeper Marcel Lotka, who had started the approximately 40 -kilometer trip to Kienbaum, was not there.
The 20-year-old suffered a nasal broken nose and a slight concussion at a rescue act in the 1-2 defeat at Borussia Dortmund last Saturday. It was not yet clear whether Lotka will be on the pitch on Wednesday during training. His commitment on Thursday is just as uncertain.
After the training, meetings and video training were pending. But regeneration also takes a certain place in the days until the game. Hertha will go back to Berlin from Kienbaum on Thursday before the first game against HSV is coming in the evening. The second leg will take place in Hamburg next Monday (8:30 p.m./Sky and Sat.1).