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“The best battle since I’ve been here!”

After the draw with Schalke on Friday evening, Grujić, Ibišević, Selke, Rekik, Duda, Lazaro und Lustenberger all spoke to the media.

A point against the team that came second last year speaks for itself. A 2-2 draw against Schalke, where the game was a tough fight is a result that Herthaners can all accept. Pál Dárdai's players gave everything on the pitch and they then gave their views on the game:

 Marko Grujić: When you remember that Schalke are in the Champions League and played well at the start of the game, one point is good for us. If we had used our chances in the second half, we could have won the game. We could have defended better in the first half. However, we are a young team that is always learning and trying to improve.

Vedad Ibišević: That was a difficult game which ended with them putting a lot of pressure on us. We were a bit hit or miss at the back but we can live with a point. Davie and I are understanding each other better and better on the pitch. We are working well together. Of course I hope that he scores again soon.

Karim Rekik: I did not want injure Alessandro Schöpf at all. I was a little late and he was too fast and so I caught him late. I will go and apologise to him personally. I am sorry that he is injured. After 70 minutes of the game, I felt that we could win the game, but overall, I think a draw is a fair result as they dominated the last 20 minutes.

Ondrej Duda: That was a game we could have won just as easily as we could have lost it. Schalke are clearly stronger now than they were in the first half of the season so we need to stay positive and be satisfied with the point – four points from the first two games since the winter break is a good start to the year. It’s always nice to be back playing in front of our own fans, so we’re pleased to be playing here again against Wolfsburg next week!

Valentino Lazaro: I think we were the better team in the first half. Schalke scored with their first shot and were very efficient on the whole. The counterattack which led to the first equaliser was probably the best attack I’ve seen since joining the club (laughs). We wanted to come out for the second half with high tempo and we did show for 25 minutes or so that we wanted to win. The tough decision regarding the handball in the penalty area went against us, but we had other chances to win the game, the small details were lacking in the end. We take the point and move forward, focussing on next week. We are pleased to be playing at home again and want to take all three points against Wolfsburg.

Fabian Lustenberger: We have to live with the point, and we can. On the whole it was a very balanced game, very end-to-end, particularly in the first half. Obviously we would have liked to get the win, but we still have to look at our opening two games of the year and say that we haven’t lost either. Should we beat Wolfsburg, we’d have the same return of points as we did from our first three games of the season.

Teams, 25.01.2019