Hertha Berlin will conclude the second leg in the German Bundesliga against Werder Bremen on Saturday without the Belgians. Captain Diderick Boyata remains on the sidelines with an ankle injury. Dodi Lukpacio was slapped on the wrist by coach Bruno Labadia. “I’ve seen a lot of him this season and I didn’t want to see him,” he told Badia before the match in front of Sky’s microphone.
Hertha Berlin coach said: “Lukpakio does not always fulfill his duties on the field.” “He is not using his potential sufficiently. I was also not at all satisfied with his performance against FC Keilin (0-0, last Saturday) and his substitution against Hoffenheim (defeat 0-3, last Tuesday).”
He continued: “Anyone can make mistakes, but you have to learn from them and do not stand idly by.” “As a coach, you should sometimes not be afraid to shake a player. The important point is that we are on the field as a team.”
23-year-old Lukebakio, who made his debut with the Red Devils in an exhibition match in Leuven against Switzerland (2-1) in November last year, in his second season with Hertha Berlin. He is usually a key player in the team, having scored three goals and three assists in 17 matches in the Bundesliga this season. Saturday’s match against Bremen is just the first match he misses.
Hertha Berlin has been operating in a very disappointing season in Germany. Currently it is only 14th and still far from relegation fears.
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