Berlin – When Lukas Klünter turns up the pace, he’s can keep up with the great sprinters. He can run from goal to goal in only 10.6 seconds, only around a second slower than Usain Bolt. His university lecturer tried to persuade him to switch to an athletics course. The right winger, however, lives for football: “After my sprint, he said that I should do an athletics course because there was still some pace which could be found. Of course I didn’t do it,” laughs the 21-year-old. He spoke to herthabsc.de about why he chose to make the move to Hertha, what he thinks about the incredibly fast development of his career so far and what his aims are at Hertha.
herthabsc.de: Welcome to Berlin, Lukas! What were your main reasons for your move to Hertha BSC?
Klünter: I had a good talk with Pál Dárdai and Michael Preetz and everything just fit. I saw the step to Berlin as a big chance to develop myself personally. I didn’t get so much gametime this season; I’d like to play a lot more here. I know that I need to prove myself – I embrace the challenge and I’m really looking forward to it!
herthabsc.de: Where is Pál Dárdai fitting you into his plans and what will your role within the team be?
Klünter: I see myself playing deep on the right and the coach agrees. It came through in the talk that Hertha is focusing on youth and that’s great for me of course. I’m really looking forward to heading into next season with a young team and I hope that we can achieve a lot of success. Sometimes I also had to play as striker at Köln, and that didn’t turn out all too well (grins). But essentially I prefer to play in a defensive role.
herthabsc.de: You run 100 metres in 10.6 seconds, which makes you one of the fastest players in the Bundesliga. Where else do your strengths like and what are you looking to improve upon personally?
Klünter: Firstly the weaknesses (laughs) – I know them just as well as I know my strengths. My technical abilities aren’t yet perfect. Also you can always do something to improve athletically even if I’m already strong in that area. I would say that yy pace, my strength of mind and my commitment on the pitch form the core of my game.