Hoffenheim – Hertha BSC
The Bundesliga starts again after the COVID-19 quarantine. On Saturday Hoffenheim will host Hertha BSC at the PreZero Arena in a game from the 26th round. For both teams this is going to be a first match after a two months break.
For Hoffenheim this is a first season since the departure of the manager Julian Nagelsmann, who chose to continue his career at RB Leipzig. We can’t say that Hoffe are adapting to the change in the best way possible as they are currently 9th in the league with 35 points. They still have a chance to qualify for Europa League, of course. They are just two points behind the 6th Schalke 04.
The COVID-19 break came in the right moment for Hoffenheim. Alfred Schreuder’s team was without a win in its last five matches in the Bundesliga, winning just two points against Borussia M’gladbach and Schalke 04. If Hoffenheim did their homework during the quarantine, they could be much better now after the break.
Hertha BSC are not in the easiest possible situation. And they weren’t before the break, too. The former manager Jurgen Klinsmann suddenly left the club, being replaced by Bruno Labbadia. Now the experienced head coach must find a way to inspire the capital team to improve. At this moment the Old Lady is just 6 points ahead of the 16th Fortuna Dusseldorf and the relegation playoff spot.
Bruno Labbadia has some squad problems before this visit to Hoffenheim. The Czech midfielder Vladimir Darida is suspended, while Karim Rekik is missing the game with an injury. In the same time at Hoffenheim they have problems regarding the health of players such as Ishak Belfodil, Munas Dabour, Andrej Kramaric and Sargis Adamyan.
Both Hoffenheim and Hertha BSC have what to improve if we look at their performance before the COVID-19 quarantine break. But do they have the tools to do so? Only time will tell, we guess.