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"We weren’t clinical enough"

Rune Jarstein, Sami Khedira, Niklas Stark and Peter Pekarík gave their thoughts on the tussle with Bayern.

Full of heart but no points in the end. Hertha put up a good fight against the heavily-favoured league leaders Bayern Munich but the champions took all three points as they pack their bags for Doha to contest the Club World Cup. “We knew of Bayern’s strengths, but also their weaknesses and we managed to expose those a few times,” said Sami Khedira, who made his Hertha debut in the final ten minutes. “We weren’t clinical enough in front of goal but if we keep playing like that then we are going to get points in the weeks to come,” said the world champion.
Sami Khedira: My comeback may have been short but it felt good to be back in the stadium and to be called into action. I am really happy about that, I feel very lucky. We obviously can’t be satisfied with the result, though. We knew of Bayern’s strengths but also their weaknesses and we managed to expose them a few times. We weren’t clinical enough in front of goal but if we keep playing like that then we are going to get points in the weeks to come. There’s pressure on the team, but we’re getting by. No we have to get points together and I will give it my absolute all to do that.
Rune Jarstein: I really want to play, but am still lacking some match practice. In Frankfurt it was okay, and now it was better against Bayern. The same goes for us as a team: we keep getting better and better. Things are looking good in training as well, and we have a lot of fun. We could have taken at least a point - maybe even all three - against Bayern. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to. I saw that Coman was winding up to shoot, but there were several players in the way. By the time I saw the ball, it was too late. Saving the penalty felt really good, as Lewandowski is one of the best strikers in the world. Unfortunately, it didn’t bring us much in the end.
Niklas Stark: There were plenty of positives. Obviously we are disappointed because there was more in the game. You have to have a good day to beat Bayern or even take a point off them. We had a good day, we worked really hard for this performance. It’s annoying that we come away without any points, but we have given it everything and made some good steps in the right direction. We can take that with us into our next match. Obviously we need the points. We will give everything to get them.
Peter Pekarík: We gave it everything and fought hard for every ball. It’s obvious that we wouldn’t be able to prevent a team like Bayern from having any chances, but there were stretches where we were able to keep them at bay. The manner in which we conceded was frustrating, and it’s even more frustrating that we weren’t able to take advantage of our chances.
 

Full of heart but no points in the end. Hertha put up a good fight against the heavily-favoured league leaders Bayern Munich but the champions took all three points as they pack their bags for Doha to contest the Club World Cup. “We knew of Bayern’s strengths, but also their weaknesses and we managed to expose those a few times,” said Sami Khedira, who made his Hertha debut in the final ten minutes. “We weren’t clinical enough in front of goal but if we keep playing like that then we are going to get points in the weeks to come,” said the world champion.

Sami Khedira: My comeback may have been short but it felt good to be back in the stadium and to be called into action. I am really happy about that, I feel very lucky. We obviously can’t be satisfied with the result, though. We knew of Bayern’s strengths, but also their weaknesses and we managed to expose those a few times. We weren’t clinical enough in front of goal but if we keep playing like that then we are going to get points in the weeks to come. There’s pressure on the team, but we’re getting by. No we have to get points together and I will give it my absolute all to do that.

Rune Jarstein: I really want to play, but am still lacking some match practice. In Frankfurt it was okay, and now it was better against Bayern. The same goes for us as a team: we keep getting better and better. Things are looking good in training as well, and we have a lot of fun. We could have taken at least a point - maybe even all three - against Bayern. Unfortunately, we weren’t able to. I saw that Coman was winding up to shoot, but there were several players in the way. By the time I saw the ball, it was too late. Saving the penalty felt really good, as Lewandowski is one of the best strikers in the world. Unfortunately, it didn’t bring us much in the end.

Niklas Stark: There were plenty of positives. Obviously we are disappointed because there was more in the game. You have to have a good day to beat Bayern or even take a point off them. We had a good day, we worked really hard for this performance. It’s annoying that we come away without any points, but we have given it everything and made some good steps in the right direction. We can take that with us into our next match. Obviously we need the points. We will give everything to get them.

Peter Pekarík: We gave it everything and fought hard for every ball. It’s obvious that we wouldn’t be able to prevent a team like Bayern from having any chances, but there were stretches where we were able to keep them at bay. The manner in which we conceded was frustrating, and it’s even more frustrating that we weren’t able to take advantage of our chances.

Teams, 05.02.2021
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