NEWS: 09.02.2019

“A painful defeat” - Hertha reaction

“A painful defeat” - Hertha reaction
Nico Elvedi: “A strange feeling to lose at home”

We gathered the thoughts of the players and coaches after Borussia’s 3-0 home defeat to Hertha Berlin on Saturday.

Nico Elvedi: It’s a painful defeat. It’s a strange feeling to lose at home after such a long winning run. It’s hard to pinpoint what went wrong today. We actually started the game quite well and had a couple of chances to take the lead. Instead, we ended up going behind and that made things really difficult. Hertha defended well and kept things incredibly tight at the back. We have to give them credit today. We need to analyse the game and move on as quickly as possible.

Lars Stindl: We started well and had a couple of chances to score before their goal. It was the chance to take the early lead that we’d failed to get in our recent wins. Once they got in front, it became very difficult for us. Hertha played well and defended resolutely. After their second goal, we were too rushed and made too many mistakes. We tried our best, but we just couldn’t get through, and then we left gaps at the back too. It’s a tough defeat to take.

Tobias Strobl: It’s a bit of a dampener for us. Our heads will drop a little bit after that, and we deserved to lose. We did alright for 25 minutes, but we didn’t get the goal. We then go behind by giving away a silly goal. We weren’t able to put Hertha under pressure in the second half. It felt like we could have carried on playing for another three hours and still wouldn’t have scored. Hertha did defend well, but we simply made too many individual mistakes.

Dieter Hecking: We were right in it for 25 minutes and we ought to have scored in that period. We had two or three decent chances that we should have done better with. Once we went 1-0 down, you could sense that we had lost our patience. We weren’t disciplined enough in our passing or positional play. We also kept working the ball into areas that made it easier for Hertha to defend against. We pushed for an equaliser in the second half, but ended up conceding a second from a counterattack, but also from an individual moment of brilliance. We had one or two half-chances after that, but we were lacking incisiveness and focus. We thoroughly deserved to lose today.

Hertha coach Pal Dardai: My team played very well – every player delivered today. It was important to be focused from the very first second because Gladbach have serious quality in attack. We needed a piece of individual quality from Salomon Kalou to open the scoring. We also knew that we could catch Borussia on the counter, so we opted to play Davie Selke up top, and that worked very well. It’s a deserved win.