He was only on the pitch for 41 minutes – and is already the new boss! Rio world champion Sami Khedira (33) is Hertha’s new leader in the fight to stay ahead of the game. In the 1-1 draw in Stuttgart, he comes into play in the 58th minute and equalizes shortly before the end.
Hertha coach Pal Dardai (44) had the golden hand, says: “That was the right moment for his substitution. The team needed him. ”
And urgently! After a messed up first half with just one shot on goal, Khedira brings stability to the shaky Hertha game, conquers balls and guides them to the top. Dardai explains: “We have changed, Sami should play centrally. He’s very clever and has intercepted a lot of balls. “Dardai continues:” He should coach too. ”
Khedira can do that. Companions often describe him as the coach’s extended arm. Khedira says: “It is one of my strengths to understand the game. I knew where the rooms are. “
He kept showing them to his teammates. In a Stuttgart free kick, he shouted at Dodi Lukebakio (23) when he did not deliver the inside lane.
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And off the pitch, too, Khedira is already the boss. After the final whistle, he found clear words for his team’s miserable positional play in half time: “In American football, everyone has their own ways. If someone doesn’t do that, the whole move is screwed. It’s similar in football. ”
That gets through to the other players. From day one, Khedira has the team’s respect and is constantly looking for an exchange. Because he speaks Spanish and Italian in addition to German and English, Khedira can communicate easily in the cabin.
Leading player, speaker, boss – Khedira is Hertha’s greatest asset in the relegation battle!