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"The question is how we let this happen"

Vladimír Darida, Peter Pekarík and Maximilian Mittelstädt give their thoughts on a disappointing defeat to Borussia Dortmund.

Vladimír Darida, Peter Pekarík and Maximilian Mittelstädt give their thoughts on a disappointing defeat to Borussia Dortmund.

A lot of effort, but no points to show for it. Hertha BSC lost 5-2 to Borussia Dortmund on Saturday evening (21/11/20), despite leading 1-0 at half-time. The blues were self-critical after the final whistle, especially when considering their showing in a second half in which they allowed Erling Haaland to score four goals. “The performance in the second half simply wasn’t good enough. Haaland is obviously an outstanding player, but we had to do better,” lamented Vladimír Darida. herthabsc.de sums up the reaction to the match. 

Vladimír Darida: The question is how we allowed this to happen after such a good first half. We gave away the first and second goals far too quickly and easily. The performance in the second half simply wasn’t good enough. Haaland is obviously an outstanding player, but we had to do better. The mistakes we made were fatal.

Peter Pekarík: We knew that it would be a difficult game against Dortmund. The first half was really good from our boys. After taking the lead into the break, we had hoped to continue in that vein but then we conceded the goal far too quickly. We made it too easy for Dortmund. It’s a real shame, because so much more was possible.

Maximilian MittelstädtI think that we started the game really well – we didn’t give Dortmund any opportunities. Our build-up play was also nice and we crafted some really good chances for ourselves. BVB came out with completely different body language after the break and they pressed us back straight away. Dortmund have unbelievable speed in the final third and are ice-cold in front of goal. We felt the effects of that. The goals were too easy to come by, though, and we have to work so that we don’t concede goals like that again, especially so soon after half-time.

Teams, 22.11.2020
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