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“No excuses for a performance like that”

Niklas Stark, Maximilian Mittelstädt and Dodi Lukébakio offer their post-match reaction to a disappointing night in Bielefeld.

Bielefeld – After starting the year with a win, Hertha BSC were looking to continue picking up points against Arminia Bielefeld. However, the night did not go to plan, and Bruno Labbadia’s side will be returning home empty-handed. After a narrow, but not undeserved defeat, the Herthaner tried to find the words to describe the loss. “There are no excuses for a performance like that, it’s hard to explain,” said a disappointed Maximilian Mittelstädt. “We need to bring more of our quality on to the pitch.” Herthabsc.de has rounded up more post-match reaction from tonight’s game.

Niklas Stark: It was a hard-fought game. Our opponents did a better job of taking on that fight in the key moments tonight than we did. We need to do better at that going forward. Bielefeld are currently a tough side to face away from home. If we’re up against tough opponents, then we need to do a better job of taking them on. We need to learn from tonight and draw the right conclusions.

Maximilian Mittelstädt: We didn’t want it enough tonight, and Arminia Bielefeld did a much better job of taking on that fight and wanting the win. We need to be critical of ourselves. Arminia are a very physical team. We spoke beforehand about what to expect, but still failed to win back the ball several times. We need to bring more of our quality on to the pitch. There are no excuses for a performance like that, it’s hard to explain.

Dodi Lukébakio: We were expecting a tough game, which it was. We were able to compete during the first half. But, we should have created more chances for ourselves, and also failed to finish off several others. You can’t win games if you don’t score. Bielefeld were the better side during the second half, and we didn’t produce much. Now we’re left standing here empty-handed and all we can do is focus on our upcoming game in Cologne.

Teams, 10.01.2021
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