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Salomon Kalou and Hertha Berlin train with new coach Bruno Labbadia - in pictures

The former Wolfsburg, Stuttgart and Hamburg boss is Hertha's fourth coach already this season

New Hertha Berlin coach Bruno Labbadia oversaw training on Monday admitting it was an "extremely unusual situation" to have limited interactions with his new players.

The former Wolfsburg, Stuttgart and Hamburg boss is Hertha's fourth coach already this season, with the club failing to live up to expectations since the launch of their "big club" project in November, backed by Lars Windhorst's financial investment.

Former World Cup winner Jurgen Klinsmann departed within eight weeks, blaming club bosses for a lack of trust in his methods.

Labbadia, 54, takes over from Alexander Nouri, who was in charge for four games after Klinsmann departed.

Hertha are currently in 13th place on 28 points, six above the relegation play-off spot.

Their last match before the Bundesliga was forced to shut down because of the coronavirus ended in a 2-2 draw at home to Werder Bremen on March 7.

"Before talking too much, you have to know what you want, what part of the puzzle you need to add," Labbadia said. "I have to see where they stand. The team has been about four weeks away from the ball. That feels like an eternity.

"This is an extremely unusual situation and you have to think about how to deal with the team. I cannot shake hands, not take someone from the arm to the side. It is an unusual situation but we have to think of solutions."

Hertha will this week train in three groups of eight players while team discussions will be taking place in bigger indoor areas to maintain safe distances between members of the squad.

Forward Salomon Kalou and Peter Pekarik were among those who attended training.

"I have to best prepare the team for Day X, as best as I possibly can," Labbadia said.

The Bundesliga has been suspended from mid-March to at least until April 30 as the virus has spread across Europe. Germany has had more than 125,000 positive cases and more than 3,000 dead.

The German Football League is set to meet at the end of the week to discuss a possible date for the season restart.

Updated: April 13, 2020 09:36 PM



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