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“A great team spirit”

Our coach Pál Dárdai spoke about the close-knit dressing room, the challenges ahead and our next opponents, Leipzig.

Berlin – Tough challenges and difficult situations are best overcome as a group or unit – and the same can be said in football.  The side from the capital, who are currently in a tricky position in the table, are sticking together right now. The next chance to show this togetherness is on Sunday at home to RasenBallsport Leipzig (21/02/21, 15:30 CET). “The lads are working well in training and we’re doing all we can to improve and develop. I don’t think that things are unstable right now. We need to work hard and can’t allow ourselves to panic,” said coach Pál Dárdai at the pre-match press conference on Friday (19/2/21).

Dárdai is well aware of the calibre of opposition coming to Berlin this weekend. “Looking at the table, Leipzig are the only team really chasing Bayern. They’ve had 15 different goalscorers this season and they’ve got a complete team, along with a good coach.” The Hungarian boss doesn’t see a reason to lose his positive attitude going into the game though: “Excluding the first half in Stuttgart, we’ve had five good halves so far. We just need to take things to the next level and not make any mistakes from set pieces and crosses. If we do that, I’m positive about our chances.”

“Everyone is working together”

The togetherness in the squad is another positive for Dárdai. “I really don’t like it when a player upsets the mood in the dressing room. However, that’s not the case here – everyone is working together to get us back on track. There’s a great team spirit at the moment,” said the 44-year-old. Another important member of this unit is sporting director Arne Friedrich. The ex-Hertha player believes in the side’s strengths: “Anybody can beat anybody in the Bundesliga – so we’ve got a chance against second in the league. We want to take points!”

Teams, 19.02.2021