Alfred Schreuder on…
…the team's preparations: "We're trying to prepare the lads for it and will train in the PreZero Arena today too. It's extremely important for them to get a feeling of how it'll be on Saturday. We need to try to deal with the special circumstances well. I've had a few thoughts about how we can approach the match."
…his experience with games played behind closed doors: "I've already experienced it with NAC Breda. That was obviously peculiar to begin with. It felt like it was an important friendly."
…the opposition: "They can operate in different formations. They played with a back three towards the end of their fixture last week. Hertha strengthened over the winter window. I'm expecting them to adopt a rather counter-attacking approach. We need to focus on ourselves and keep our shape well."
…the personnel situation: "Andrej Kramarić shall likely train with us again today. It was a precautionary measure."
The social media question of the week:
Mr. Schreuder, you once played alongside Salomon Kalou. Are you looking forward to a potential reunion?
"I'm always delighted when I see him. He unfortunately hasn't played much recently. He's a superb player and was a big talent back then. I hope that he's involved again and that I can see him."
The opposition's form:
Coach Alexander Nouri's team have showed strong spirit on their last two outings. Hertha came from 3-0 down in Düsseldorf to salvage a draw and also picked up an important point against Bremen despite trailing 2-0 at one stage. The capital club currently occupy 13th place and have 28 points on the board after 25 rounds.
Saturday will be the 20th meeting between the two teams in the Bundesliga. Hoffenheim have the better head-to-head record with nine victories, five draws and five defeats. Hertha BSC have been one of TSG's favourite foes recently: the Kraichgau club have five wins and three draws from their last eight meetings.
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