Actually, the coach was supposed to supervise a game of FC Augsburg for the first time on Saturday – but then he tells in detail about shopping in the supermarket.
The football coach Heiko Herrlich only wanted to tell a story to explain how strange it all feels to him. How absurd the conditions are under which the Bundesliga starts again this Saturday, for him with his first game at FC Augsburg, which he had just taken over a few days before the season break. “I can tell an example,” said Herrlich, laughing and telling the story. A little later he was the example himself.
Heiko Herrlich, 48, was supposed to sit on the bench for the first time in a game on his 67th day as Augsburg coach this Saturday. So far he has only instructed his players in training, most of the time in exercises with no contact, that alone is one of the many curiosities of this season. “I haven’t even shaken hands with him yet,” Augsburg midfielder Rani Khedira said recently at Sky. “It is incredibly difficult for him to get to know us better – and so do we.”
Now getting to know each other will be difficult for a little longer. Wonderful will not sit on the bench on Saturday. A few hours after telling his story, FC Augsburg sent a message with the headline: “Heiko Herrlich regrets mistakes”. He would only resume training work after two negative corona tests.
“And then I’m with my tracksuit close to a supermarket”
The story goes, shopping was wonderful. This is despite the fact that the teams have to spend the last seven days before the start of the season as a training camp according to the DFL concept. Herrlich said: “We are in the hotel in quarantine and should not actually go out there, but there are situations that simply require it.” The situation that required it was this: “I have run out of toothpaste, it is going out and I have run out of skin cream. And then I am close to a supermarket with my tracksuit.”
It is now spotted on the Internet about Heiko Herrlich, that is obvious. “Three Elmex, one 911,” wrote journalist Stefan Klüttermann on Twitter. Shopping was not simply wonderful, which would have been sufficient to violate the quarantine. He reported other details of his company with great honesty: How he had initially forgotten his respirator mask in the hotel. As he did not know that he also had to use a trolley for toothpaste and skin cream, i.e. only for two items, and the cashier pointed this out. How he changed a 20 euro note in coins for the car. How he then went out to get the car, but the thought of the game against Wolfsburg was that he went back in without a car, and only noticed it when he was standing in front of the shelf with hand cream and toothpaste.
How he went out again, past the cashier, then finally put hand cream and toothpaste in the car and paid. He was happy, said Herrlich, “that I was wearing the protective mask in the hope that it would not recognize me. It would have also thought: what did we get for a coach?”
Now it cannot be ruled out that some Augsburg fans may really be asking this question now. “I made a mistake by leaving the hotel. Even though I have followed all hygiene measures both when I left the hotel and otherwise, I cannot undo this. In this situation, I act as a role model for my team and did not do justice to the public, “Herrlich is quoted in the FCA’s statement. “I will therefore be consistent and stand by my mistake.”