Berlin – What an evening of cup football in the Olympiastadion! The 70,429 capacity crowd served for an amazing atmosphere right from the start, which was echoed by the players on the pitch as a thrilling match had to be decided by a penalty shootout. Head coach Ante Covic’s side had to give it their all in order to see off second-division outfit Dynamo Dresden. In the Mixed Zone after the match, the Herthaner looked relieved and overjoyed but also visibly exhausted by the night’s performance. “Brutal, that’s about the only word I can think of to describe it,” said Marvin Plattenhardt. “It’s amazing that we were able to win the match in the end. It was a rollercoaster of emotions for us players, and for the fans as a whole. We’re just happy to have won,” said Plattenhardt. As per usual, herthabsc.de has put together all the post-match reaction.
Marko Grujic: That was an unbelievable game. I think that we not only gave the fans their money’s worth, but we also advanced to the next round in the end, which is what counts. Despite the setbacks, we continued to trust in ourselves and kept creating chances. In the end, we had to resort to playing long balls, which worked given that we had several tall players on the pitch. The way in which Jordan took that shot with his weaker right foot was sensational. We also owe our thanks to Thomas Kraft. Now, we have another big match coming up. The most important thing now is that we take the time to recover, which won’t be easy after such an intense match. At least in the derby we can count on those emotions to help give us that extra push needed.
Marvin Plattenhardt: Brutal, that’s about the only word I can think of to describe it. It’s amazing that we were able to win the match in the end. It was a rollercoaster of emotions for us players, and for the fans as a whole. We’re just happy to have won the shootout. That was extremely important for us. Having turned the match around like that shows our mentality. We kept fighting until the end, and the fans deserve a big ‘thank you’ as well for their amazing support, which helped us along the way. We will need to look at the goals we conceded and analyse them to find out where we can do better. Each and every one of us fought hard; now we need to recover and give it 100 per cent once again this weekend. Obviously, we want to win the match against Union and will give it our all.
Davie Selke: Amazing. Just terrific. That was crazy. I get the ball on my head and Jordan smashes it home. The most important thing tonight against Dresden was that we kept fighting our way back. We kept our composure during the penalty shootout and advanced to the next round. That gives us a lot of confidence, especially heading into the derby. We won the match, have progressed to the next round and can now look forward to facing Union. It will be a big match, one in which we need to show that derby mentality. That’s part and parcel of any big match, and we definitely want to win this one!
Marius Wolf: We should have put the game to bed before the shootout. That’s the only criticism we should level at ourselves. Before the shootout began, I went up to Thomas because I wanted to help motivate him. I’m super happy for him, and it also goes to show that every player has a role within the team and can back up their performances. After the match, the fans helped get us fired up for Saturday’s game. I’d like to thank them again for their spectacular support tonight! In two days we’ll be fit again to give it our all once again – a win like tonight always helps to motivate you. Everyone is looking forward to the derby. Matches like that always help you find that extra bit of effort to give.
Dodi Lukébakio: It’s insane what just happened here. The most important thing is that we won. That’s what the cup is about, that’s football. I’m proud of the entire team. We knew that if we lost tonight, then it would all be over. The atmosphere in the stadium was incredible – I don’t think I’ve ever played in front of that many fans. That helps to motivate you even more. What’s important now is that we shift our focus to the match on the weekend.