After this weekend’s 0-3 loss at Leipzig, Hertha BSC trainer Pal Dardai definitely received his fair share of criticism. He doled out a little criticism of his own at the Monday presser. The big news from the camp of the capital city club concerns their most successful striker’s possible return.
True to form, Pal Dardai remains one of the most vocal trainers in the Bundesliga. Asked by Germany’s SportBild to explain any of his lineup choices, he did not refrain from explaining specifically why he wanted to seat Omar Alderete and Mateo Guendouzi. Asked why, in favor of his son Marton, he benched Alderete, Dardai honestly said that the 24-year-old center half had failed to follow instructions.
“We forbade opening up the game by playing through the middle, and Omar played through the middle every time,” explained the head coach, “He must listen, and then he can start again.” The 44-year-old Hungarian was even more blunt when asked about Arsenal-loanee Guendouzi, as quoted by the newspaper. Apparently, at 50-50s in school, the 21-year-old was a little overzealous.
“It’s like puberty with him,” said Dardai, “He’s rebellious, beastly and always pissy.” At a presser on Monday in front of an assembly of reporters, considering Sunday’s defeat, Dardai had some praise to give to his team. “The 0:3 doesn’t reflect reality. Even Julian Nagelsmann said that,” he emphasized, “the team was disciplined and tactically sound against Leipzig.
That little bit of luck was missing and that has to come at some point.” Asked about the recent clearance earned to play by Colombian striker Jhon Cordoba, Dardai made it clear that this week the team’s autumn prize acquisition will return to full team training. Cordoba has scored the same number of league goals (five) as Polish lead attacker Krzysztof Piatek despite only playing Piatek’s 22nd in only 12 fixtures.
“Dardai noted, “Jhon is a different form of striker than Krzysztof, he’s a striker who can keep the ball up. We have a different prototype in him. He’s powerful, durable, and great on headers. This week he’ll practice entirely with us. If he stays fit, this weekend we’ll take him to Wolfsburg.”
Dardai gave a nod to the tactics-board-obsessed by speaking of the need to construct the right “axes” as he has often since being reappointed trainer at his old club. “The goal is to form an axis,” Bild said, “but you can’t do that in three weeks. I can’t say ‘abracadabra’ and then we have a top team.”