Klinsmann moves winter training start of ailing Hertha forward

Hertha Berlin players have had their Christmas break shortened by four days by new coach Juergen Klinsmann because of their fight against relegation.

Hertha confirmed on Saturday that Klinsmann will gather the team on December 29, four days earlier than originally planned by his predecessor Ante Covic.

The former Germany coach Klinsmann, who took over two weeks ago, said the previous day that the break would be shortened “because we have more work to do in our situation than if we were in the upper tier of the table.”

Hertha were just above the danger zone in 15th ahead of their Saturday match against Freiburg.

They play their last match before Christmas on December 21 against current leaders Borussia Moenchengladbach. The league then resumes four weeks later, with Hertha opening January 19 against champions Bayern Munich.

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