Kevin-Prince Boateng and his Hertha colleagues are allowed to relax for one day, and the agony of preparation for the new season continues on Friday.
The 34-year-old returnees Boateng has already taken over the head role of the Berlin Bundesliga club in a short time, but he is still a long way away from the necessary game fitness, such as his 45-minute commitment in the 7-0 test victory at the upper-division MSV Neuruppin showed.
“We’re working on Prince to make him fit. And when he gets fit, he can help football. He has an eye like no other in the team. Vertical quality, good passes, a leader,” said coach Pal Dárdai at the end of the first training camp to the prominent newcomer.
Followers celebrate the new leader.
In Neuruppin, Boateng has already been celebrated and sung about by Hertha fans among the 1000 supporters. Dárdai sees no danger in the role of the native Berliner, who has returned to Hertha after 14 years. “That is not bad. He should be the boss. But first we have to get him physically right,” emphasized Dárdai.
After many years at top clubs such as Tottenham Hotspur, AC Milan and FC Barcelona and most recently, a season in the Italian second division, Boateng wants to help Hertha stabilize after a season with fear relegation.
He always wants to win and get the most out of it, said sports director Fredi Bobic to Boateng. Both had already worked together at Eintracht Frankfurt in 2017/18. Besides the pitch, Boateng is “a completely different personality. That’s why we brought him in,” emphasized the manager: “The way he treats the guys is a flashback for me. It’s fun. We need it. He’s doing it incredibly positively. “