“We gave everything!”

After 120 minutes of football, the capital club were knocked out of the DFB-Pokal by Bayern München. Some of the Hertha players gave their views on the 3-2 defeat.

Salomon Kalou: We let it slip in the end. When you let Bayern have the ball, they'll eventually find a way through due to their vast quality, and that's exactly what happened eventually. At times, we managed to put them under pressure, but unfortunately we didn't do it for long enough. We had to do that to get something out of the match. Now is the time to dissect the game and then quickly turn our focus to our next match this weekend.

Karim Rekik: We put up a good fight, but after going 3-2 down it was hard to come back again. Eventually your legs just start tiring. It’s not easy to think of a lot to say right now - after a game like that I need to rest for a bit and catch my breath, also in order to start preparing for the weekend’s game. In football, you have to be able to shrug off games like that as a player – we cannot change anything about tonight’s result now.

Niklas Stark: We managed to outnumber the opposition on the wings quite often, after we struggled to attack Bayern. This resulted in us creating opportunities as well and we always had the feeling as a team that we could score again. In the end we lost a bit of energy, but we played well. Our mentality, our work rate for each other was exactly what it needed to be for such a game. We were a real team out there tonight, it’s just a shame that wasn’t enough.

Davie Selke: It's a shame that it didn't work out. It was a very tiring game for us, and we gave everything. To beat Bayern, you need to have a perfect day - we didn't have that today. it was significant that we came back after going 2-1 down, but in the end, we unfortunately couldn't find a way to win.

Per Skjelbred: It was a really tough game for us as we had to run so much. If we had kept our 1-0 lead for longer, who knows what we could have achieved. Unfortunately we conceded three soft goals. We will have to analyse what we need to better. It was very close at the end, but we gave all we could.

Maximilian Mittelstädt: The coach told us before the game that we had to put everything on the line. Bayern have so much individual quality, they are one of the best teams in the world. We fought well for 120 minutes and can be proud of ourselves. The world won't come to an end because we lost this game. Obviously we'd have liked to have won, especially after playing 120 minutes. Now we have to concentrate on our next few games and turn our focus back onto the league.

Teams, 07.02.2019