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.