Hertha Berlin coach Jos Luhukay says he has no fears at all about the upcoming season
Hertha Berlin coach Jos Luhukay says he has no fears at all about the upcoming season following their promotion.
Last Updated: 13/07/13 2:14pm
The Old Lady is back in the big time after just one season in the second division and Luhukay believes his side is not like any ordinary league newcomer who aim only to avoid the drop.
Instead, he expects a smooth transition back to the demands of the Bundesliga and a season free of relegation worries.
"I have respect for the Bundesliga, but we have a good blend in ours squad and many players who already now the league, so we have no fear for what is coming," he said. "We are not making ourselves out to be any bigger than we are, but also not any smaller.
"We are competitive. As a promoted team, we have got to lay the foundations for survival at home.
"Hertha's last two relegations were down to poor form at home, but we didn't lose a single home match in the second division and that is what we want to build on."
Hertha were on the verge of clinching a place in the Champions League just three years ago, missing out only on the final day of the season.
They then struggled to cope with the added strain of Europa League football and were relegated in 2012.
Luhukay took over before the start of last season and led them back into the top flight as second division champions.
The Dutch coach has kept much of his playing squad intact, signing just four new players - Alexander Baumjohann, Hajime Hosogai, Johannes van den Bergh and Sebastian Langkamp - for the upcoming season, but he has belief in the players he had at his disposal at a lower level last term.
"We got 76 points and you don't get that by fluke," he told Kicker magazine. "Considering our financial capabilities, I think we have strengthened well, and those who were here already were excellent in the second division."