On Thursday, following a 1-0 win in their final friendly against Eintracht Braunschweig, the first team departed on a well-earned winter break until 2nd December. The head coach was also looking forward to a few quiet days with the family. “I will spend Christmas with the family. Unfortunately, I will eat too much of this or that. What it will be? I’ll allow myself be surprised. I am responsible for decorating the tree,” said Sandro Schwarz with a laugh. At the same time, he explained the Berliner mantra for the next few weeks: Recharge the batteries, but stay on the ball. “This holiday is now about regenerating but also carrying out individual plans. We have clear expectations which we have spoken with the boys about for this time without training,” explained the head coach, suggesting the path for the coming weeks.
Preparation in Florida
These clear expectations should lead to good results in obligatory performance tests which will take place immediately when the squad return. A day later, the Blue-Whites will set off for their training camp in the US. The squad will be guests at the IMG Academy in Bradenton, Florida and complete the final touches ahead of the second half of the Bundesliga season. “On the 2nd January it is pedal to the metal again,“ underlined Schwarz. On 21st January, the focus is then once again on picking up Bundesliga points, as the team take on VfL Bochum at 15:30 CET.
Return to training (Performance testing)
|03 – 14.01.23
Training camp in USA (IMG Academy, Bradenton, Florida)
|21.01.23 (15:30 CET)
|Bundesliga matchday 16: VfL Bochum – Hertha BSC