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Hertha Berlin v TSV Eintracht Braunschweig: Preview

Eintracht Braunschweig coach Torsten Lieberknecht resorted to an old trick in a bid to ensure that Saturday's trip to Hertha Berlin is not the first of his side's last three in the Bundesliga.

Lieberknecht took his side away to a training camp on Wednesday - it is the third time in six years that they have taken such a measure, and on each of the last two occasions, it had the desired effect.

``We did this in 2008 before the final three games which saw us promoted to the third division,'' he told his club's website.

``And then in March 2013, ahead of the game against Kaiserslautern - we have good memories of doing this kind of thing.''

Braunschweig have picked a based close to Berlin, where their Bundesliga future could be decided this weekend.

``Neuruppin and the hotel were recommended to us, and it's certainly an advantage that it's so close to Berlin,'' added the coach, whose side are two points adrift of the relegation play-off berth.

``We're not going to make any major changes, it's just that we will be spending more time together.''

Fellow strugglers Hannover took the same approach to their crucial relegation battle with Hamburg recently, winning 2-1 earlier this month to edge away from the danger zone and Braunschweig will be hoping for the same result.

``We want to show everybody what we are capable of,'' said Braunschweig's Omar Elabdellaoui to herthabsc.de.

``Hertha have a good team, but we want to bring the three points back to Braunschweig. We will give it all we've got to take this big chance.''

While Braunschweig may be propping up the overall standings, Hertha would be at the bottom of the pile were it only to take into account games played in 2014.

With only 10 points from 14 games, Jos Luhukay's men have fallen off the pace dramatically since the turn of the year and they can be grateful for a strong first half of the campaign to ensure they are not in any relegation danger.

``I'm not going to judge the season only on its second half,'' he said. ``I can't say we're totally unhappy, although this is the first time for me that the second half of the season is worse than the first.''

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