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Two types of character - together in blue and white!

herthabsc.de presents a double interview with Omar Alderete and Mattéo Guendouzi. The new arrivals discuss their transfers, their style of play, and their goals for the upcoming season with Hertha.

Berlin - On Monday evening, an “extraordinary transfer window” that was strongly influenced by the effects of the coronavirus pandemic came to a close for Hertha BSC and Michael Preetz. For the first time, transfers were possible up until the start of October and this lengthened window was put to good use by competitors in the market, which was initially slow to take off. The club from the capital was one of these competitors and secured two new names shortly before the deadline in the form of Omar Alderete from FC Basel and Mattéo Guendouzi from Arsenal. The centre-back and the midfielder are sure to provide useful options for coach Bruno Labbadia. Shortly after they had both signed on the dotted line, herthabsc.de spoke to the two new arrivals about their decision to move to Berlin, how the talks progressed, and their goals in blue and white.

herthabsc.de: Welcome to Hertha BSC! It was certainly an exciting deadline day. What made you decide to come to Berlin and what are your first impressions of everything?
Guendouzi: I know how ambitious the Hertha are and I want to contribute and play my part in helping the club to be successful and take the next step. Hertha came in for me because I can help the club to achieve its goals, and I’m going to give my all.
Alderete: I’m very pleased to be here at Hertha, although I don’t know Berlin very well yet. Everything has happened so quickly! On Sunday afternoon, it wasn’t clear whether the move would be going through or not. It was a bit crazy but luckily everything went smoothly. I’m very happy to have gotten the opportunity to play for Hertha in this league.
herthabsc.de: Omar, one of your former teammates at FC Basel, Valentin Stocker, played in the blue and white of Hertha for years. Did you speak to him about the transfer at all?
Alderete: The truth is that I didn’t actually discuss my transfer with any of my teammates. They will have heard about the move from the media because it all happened so suddenly. (laughs) I didn’t know whether everything would go ahead as planned, so there wasn’t anything to talk about! I haven’t been able to say goodbye either yet, but I'll make up for that soon.
herthabsc.de: How much of a role did fellow Frenchman Lucas Tousart play in your decision to join, Mattéo?
Guendouzi: I know Lucas well from our time together with the French national team and we had a long discussion before my decision. He came to Germany to develop his game and to help the club to achieve its goals. After talking with him, I had a good feeling so he did play a big role in my decision to take this step.
herthabsc.de: You took the step from South America to Europe, Omar. How does the football there differ from the European game? Is a move to the Bundesliga the next logical step for you?
Alderete: My impression is that the football in South America is more physical and you need to be stronger, whereas it’s more about tactics here in Europe. The truth is that I’m very happy to playing here in Europe. The Bundesliga is a very important league - one of the best in the world. I’m really looking forward to getting going here and advancing my game to the next level here in Germany. My goal is to use every training session and every match to win the trust of the coach and establish myself in the team. I’m looking forward to getting started.
herthabsc.de: And Mattéo: What did you know about your new club before you moved?
Guendouzi: Hertha is a very good club in Germany with a long history. The club has high ambitions and has strengthened well. These ambitions fit well with my ideas, which is why the decision was an easy one for me.
herthabsc.de: Some fans may not know you that well as players. How would you describe your style of play out on the pitch?
Guendouzi: I’m the type of player who always wants to win. That’s the most important thing for me; coming away from the game with the win and the three points. I’ll give everything in order to achieve that and I think that that’s what characterises me best as a player - a winner.
Alderete: I like being on the ball, I want to be proactive and help to determine the game. My strength is certainly in defence. That’s my main focus and the most important thing for me. Privately I'm more of a quiet person, but on the pitch you sometimes have to be a bit rough. That’s normal. (smiles)
herthabsc.de: After your time in Paris and London, you’ve now arrived in Berlin, Mattéo. Would you say that you have a soft spot for big cities?
Guendouzi: Yeah you could definitely say that! I do like my big cities and in London and Paris, I’ve got to know two of the biggest European capitals. I’m very happy to be here in Berlin. There’s a lot to discover here, which is very exciting.
herthabsc.de: There’s obviously a big difference in size between Basel and Berlin, Omar. Who will be joining you here in the capital?
Alderete: At the moment, I’m here on my own. I have a young son and my family and him will follow me here soon.
herthabsc.de: Great to have you both here at Hertha. We wish you every success for your time here!

herthabsc.de: Welcome to Hertha BSC! It was certainly an exciting deadline day. What made you decide to come to Berlin and what are your first impressions of everything?

Guendouzi: I know how ambitious the Hertha are and I want to contribute and play my part in helping the club to be successful and take the next step. Hertha came in for me because I can help the club to achieve its goals, and I’m going to give my all.

Alderete: I’m very pleased to be here at Hertha, although I don’t know Berlin very well yet. Everything has happened so quickly! On Sunday afternoon, it wasn’t clear whether the move would be going through or not. It was a bit crazy but luckily everything went smoothly. I’m very happy to have gotten the opportunity to play for Hertha in this league.

herthabsc.de: Omar, one of your former teammates at FC Basel, Valentin Stocker, played in the blue and white of Hertha for years. Did you speak to him about the transfer at all?

Alderete: The truth is that I didn’t actually discuss my transfer with any of my teammates. They will have heard about the move from the media because it all happened so suddenly. (laughs) I didn’t know whether everything would go ahead as planned, so there wasn’t anything to talk about! I haven’t been able to say goodbye either yet, but I'll make up for that soon.

herthabsc.de: How much of a role did fellow Frenchman Lucas Tousart play in your decision to join, Mattéo?

Guendouzi: I know Lucas well from our time together with the French national team and we had a long discussion before my decision. He came to Germany to develop his game and to help the club to achieve its goals. After talking with him, I had a good feeling so he did play a big role in my decision to take this step.

herthabsc.de: You took the step from South America to Europe, Omar. How does the football there differ from the European game? Is a move to the Bundesliga the next logical step for you?

Alderete: My impression is that the football in South America is more physical and you need to be stronger, whereas it’s more about tactics here in Europe. The truth is that I’m very happy to playing here in Europe. The Bundesliga is a very important league - one of the best in the world. I’m really looking forward to getting going here and advancing my game to the next level here in Germany. My goal is to use every training session and every match to win the trust of the coach and establish myself in the team. I’m looking forward to getting started.

herthabsc.de: And Mattéo: What did you know about your new club before you moved?

Guendouzi: Hertha is a very good club in Germany with a long history. The club has high ambitions and has strengthened well. These ambitions fit well with my ideas, which is why the decision was an easy one for me.

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"I’m the type of player who always wants to win."

Mattéo Guendouzi

herthabsc.de: Some fans may not know you that well as players. How would you describe your style of play out on the pitch?
Guendouzi: I’m the type of player who always wants to win. That’s the most important thing for me; coming away from the game with the win and the three points. I’ll give everything in order to achieve that and I think that that’s what characterises me best as a player - a winner.
Alderete: I like being on the ball, I want to be proactive and help to determine the game. My strength is certainly in defence. That’s my main focus and the most important thing for me. Privately I'm more of a quiet person, but on the pitch you sometimes have to be a bit rough. That’s normal. (smiles)
herthabsc.de: After your time in Paris and London, you’ve now arrived in Berlin, Mattéo. Would you say that you have a soft spot for big cities?
Guendouzi: Yeah you could definitely say that! I do like my big cities and in London and Paris, I’ve got to know two of the biggest European capitals. I’m very happy to be here in Berlin. There’s a lot to discover here, which is very exciting.
herthabsc.de: There’s obviously a big difference in size between Basel and Berlin, Omar. Who will be joining you here in the capital?
Alderete: At the moment, I’m here on my own. I have a young son and my family and him will follow me here soon.
herthabsc.de: Great to have you both here at Hertha. We wish you every success for your time here!

herthabsc.de: Some fans may not know you that well as players. How would you describe your style of play out on the pitch?

Guendouzi: I’m the type of player who always wants to win. That’s the most important thing for me; coming away from the game with the win and the three points. I’ll give everything in order to achieve that and I think that that’s what characterises me best as a player - a winner.

Alderete: I like being on the ball, I want to be proactive and help to determine the game. My strength is certainly in defence. That’s my main focus and the most important thing for me. Privately I'm more of a quiet person, but on the pitch you sometimes have to be a bit rough. That’s normal. (smiles)

herthabsc.de: After your time in Paris and London, you’ve now arrived in Berlin, Mattéo. Would you say that you have a soft spot for big cities?

Guendouzi: Yeah you could definitely say that! I do like my big cities and in London and Paris, I’ve got to know two of the biggest European capitals. I’m very happy to be here in Berlin. There’s a lot to discover here, which is very exciting.

herthabsc.de: There’s obviously a big difference in size between Basel and Berlin, Omar. Who will be joining you here in the capital?Alderete: At the moment, I’m here on my own. I have a young son and my family and him will follow me here soon.

herthabsc.de: Great to have you both here at Hertha. We wish you every success for your time here!

Teams, 06.10.2020