Whoever has the chance to meet Matheus Cunha, meets a young, who radiates positivity. The Brazilian is a cunning linguist and responds to international journalists in various different languages. Whether it’s in his mother tongue of Portuguese, in Spanish, English, German, or even French and Italian, Cunha is always able to give an answer in whatever language is required. It would be fitting to compare his chameleon-like linguistic ability with his play style on the pitch. He put in an impressive display during Hertha’s monumental comeback against Fortuna Düsseldorf; he put himself about and was seemingly all over the pitch. He scored during the 3-3 draw, and came agonisingly close in the dying moments of the game. Cunha really put his stamp on the game and constantly spurred his teammates on. “I’m an emotional player on the pitch, for sure. I like to laugh a lot off the pitch, but during a game you need concentration, focus and even a bit of passion too,” said the Brazilian.
Good communication with strike partner Piątek
The young man is certainly ambitious and full of confidence. “I trust my own ability, because they trust me a lot here. I don’t feel pressure and I don’t put myself under pressure; it can lead you in the wrong direction,” Cunha explained, easing the heartache of Hertha fans everywhere. “I want to justify their faith in me and do the best I can for Hertha BSC!” Communication with his teammates is certainly of great use in this regard, and the Brazilian has developed a great understanding with strike partner Krzystof Piątek both on and off the field. “It works well. We had an instant connection and didn’t need a lot of time. That’s good for us as a team. We speak Italian to each other and understand each other well,” Cunha confirmed. Where did Cunha learn to speak Italian, even though he has never played in Italy? “I picked up a little bit when I was in Switzerland, and learnt a bit from my teammates there. It’s useful for me and Krzysztof.”
Bremen? “Not a final, but an important game!”
Hertha need points in their game against SV Werder Bremen (07(ß3/20, 15:30 CET). The home game against the men from the Hansa city will be decisive in this season’s relegation battle; however, Cunha doesn’t want to put too much emphasis on the game. “I wouldn’t say the game’s a final, because we’ll still be in it even if we lose,” Hertha’s number 26 stated. “But obviously it’s a really important match. We need to stay cool and play to win. When asked for his own personal recipe for success, he answered: “we need to go in to the game full of conviction, and improve our situation. At the end of the day, what happens on the pitch is up to us!”