Home games in the DFB-Pokal are rather rare for Hertha BSC. All the more anticipation then ahead of the clash with the SG Dynamo Dresden in the 2nd round on Wednesday evening (30/10/19, 20:45 CET). The floodlit Olympiastadion should provide an atmospheric setting due to the many away fans that will be travelling - the capital club expects with nearly 70,000 spectators. "Our focus is solely on this game," said Ante Covic in the press conference on Monday (28/10/19). "We will have a great atmosphere and we really want to win the match!"
Only Boyata missing
Coach Covic can rely on almost a full squad ahead of the game too - only Dedryck Boyata will be missing because of his groin injury for the showdown with the SGD. Due to the double game week Covic is planning "one or two changes in personnel", but the coach didn’t want to look any further than this game. Dresden currently find themselves 17th in the 2. Bundesliga and the Hertha coach expects an opposing team, "who themselves like to have the ball and will really want to cause an upset – but we are prepared for that. "We want to dictate the play on Wednesday "
Michael Preetz is expecting "a home game with great character" and is counting on the many Hertha fans to upstage the many travelling visitors from Dresden: "I'm sure that Hertha fans in the stadium will ensure that we see very much a home atmosphere, despite the many Dresden fans who are travelling, "said Hertha's sporting director. All the quotes from the press conference have been collected on HerthaTV.