With Sandro Schwarz, Suat Serdar is getting a coach at Hertha BSC, whom he already knows very well from his time at 1. FSV Mainz 05. The midfielder now raved about his new coach and announced some changes at the capital club.
“A lot will change: football-wise and otherwise,” Serdar said in an interview with “kicker” and continued: “For example, our style of play. Very aggressive and intense. He attaches great importance to that.”
Under Schwarz, Hertha would “press earlier and not give the opponent the freedom to build up the game. And play football while in possession. Sandro Schwarz will give us the freedom and self-confidence for this style of play,” said the four-time international.
However, Serdar also acknowledged that this is a long process. “It can take a few months. That’s completely normal,” emphasized the 25-year-old: “But he’s already trying to lay the foundations in every training session so that it works quickly. But you have to give him time .”
Serdar also found words of praise for his teammate Kevin-Prince Boateng. “He brings fun to the team, but also passion and aggressiveness,” he enthused.
With a view to the relegation against HSV, Serdar emphasized: “The fact that we won the second leg in Hamburg was also his merit. He didn’t want to see Hertha relegated. So he sat down with Felix Magath and made the line-up and we swore in. I’ve never seen a player do it like that, but it was what we needed.”
Hertha “hasn’t seen the real Serdar yet”
In the interview, Serdar also spoke about his previous performances for Hertha BSC. “You could also say: Berlin hasn’t seen the real Serdar yet,” he looked back self-critically.
Serdar had to struggle with the change of coach from Pál Dárdai to Tayfun Korkut and the associated shift to the outside. “It was a difficult position for me because it was new,” admitted the former Schalke player, but was optimistic about the future: “Now we have a coach who – like me – sees the eight as my strongest position. Above that I’m very happy.”