We are right at the beginning of our Football Manager 21 journeys and lots of people will be looking for save ideas; a club that could be very fun is Hertha Berlin. The team from the capital have built an incredible, young squad stacked with good players, full of potential. Here’s a team preview to tell you all you need to know about Hertha’s fantastic squad
Football Manager 21: Hertha Berlin Team Preview
Arguably the most high-profile player in Hertha’s squad, Matteo Guendouzi is in on loan for the season at Hertha. At 21, the Frenchman is full of potential and has plenty of room to grow. He already has a 15 for First Touch, Passing, Work Rate and Aggression among others and if you can pry him away from Arsenal for more than the one season, the central midfielder is definitely worth building your side around.
Piatek is a clinical forward who will put away anything within the 18-yard box. Just two years ago the Polish hitman joined AC Milan for £31.5m having scored 13 in 19 for Genoa and went on to score 9 in 18 in his first season for the Rossoneri. However, his second season was far less successful and after 4 goals in 18 he joined Hertha for £20m. Simply put, Piatek is a top level striker with 17 Finishing, 16 Heading and 15 Composure who can lead the line very effectively for Berlin.
Matheus Cunha peaked the attention of a number of British fans six months ago when the Bundesliga returned from the COVID enforced break. The Brazilian joined Hertha from Leipzig for just £13.5m in January and has hit the ground running. He was scoring for fun after the restart and at 21 he has plenty of room to improve. The Brazilian is just as comfortable on the right-wing as he is up-front, and with his 17 Dribbling and Flair he can create something out of nothing.
A clinical 19 year-old Dutch forward signed last season from Chelsea for £2.2m. He already has 15 Finishing and Composure and could grow to become a top-quality forward.
A Dutch left-winger signed from Manchester City two years ago, with bags of pace who is exciting on the ball, Dilrosun made his debut for Holland over the summer and is someone to keep an eye on in your saves.
The 23 year-old German centre-back has been in and round the Hertha Berlin first XI for a couple of years now. He’ll be challenging some other top centre-backs to get a place on the team sheet, the likes of Niklas Stark and Omar Alderete, and has plenty of potential to grow into.
Hertha are suited perfectly to a 4-3-3 DM Wide (formally known as a 4-1-2-3 DM Wide). They have a number of quality central midfielders and plenty of options for the front three too.
The systems suggested are Gegenpress, Vertical Tiki-Taka and Fluid Counter-Attack, three systems often associated with this formation.
Transfer Budget – £22.38m
Guaranteed Next Season Budget – £26.28m
Wage Budget – £921,842 p/w
The only key feature of the club culture is to ‘develop players using the club’s youth system’. This give you the freedom to go out and sign whoever you want, but don’t forget to use the academy because there are some talented youngsters there.
The Five-Year Plan is quite exciting too. The board want to build a new stadium ASAP and require that you work within a wage budget. The main target for the next five years is to remain in the top-half of the season, but they want to challenge in the cup at some point on that journey.
Hertha Berlin have a very exciting squad with a number of young talents and a board who are willing to support the manager with a strong transfer budget. This could be a very fun medium length save to try and build a squad strong enough to challenge Bayern Munich for the title.