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"We can’t let ourselves get bullied like that"

Alexander Schwolow was self-critical after the home defeat to Eintracht Frankfurt.

The stage was set nicely, but the result wasn’t as planned. In front of 4,000 spectators, Hertha BSC lost the first home match of the 2020/21 season. It was the first time that fans have been present at the Olympiastadion since March, but they were unable to spur the team on to victory. After a stunning victory last week, Hertha suffered a first league defeat of the campaign. The players were critical of their own performances: “In the first half, the opposition were just all over us physically. We have to be blunt with ourselves – we played like a school team in the opening stages,” said Alexander Schwolow, frustrated after the 3-1 loss. Read more from the goalkeeper below.

Alexander Schwolow: We were asleep for the first half, when the opposition were just all over us physically. We have to be blunt with ourselves – we were almost like a school team in the opening stages. At least we didn’t allow ourselves to be dominated quite so much after the break. We did better in the second half – we showed much more fight. It’s completely down to us, so we have to look at ourselves. The first half was crucial – even though we drew a line under our poor showing, it was too little, too late. Our expectations create a positive pressure, and you saw what we are capable of in the last match in Bremen. But we have to understand that we can’t let ourselves get bullied like that.

Teams, 26.09.2020