Two completely different halves in one game, with what was an almost confirmed defeat turning into a well-earned draw. A highly emotional comeback, but also a half to forget – it was certainly an entertaining one on Friday night. The Hertha players made it clear in the mixed zone after the game that the first half was nothing like what they had spoke about in the dressing room beforehand. “The point was unbelievably important for us, especially after what happened in the first half,” said Krzysztof Piatek. “We showed in the second half just how much potential we have as a team. We want to continue to produce like that in the coming games and get all three points!” We collected all the post-match reaction.
Matheus Cunha: We slipped into what was a really difficult situation in the first half, but did so much better in the second. We stuck together as team and found the solution – that was really important for us! I hope we repaid the faith of the fans in the second half because they stuck with us throughout the game. I’m here to try and inject a bit of energy into the team and push my teammates further – I see that as part of my job. Hopefully we can come together again and start to produce some all-round better performances.
Maximilian Mittelstädt: You can never lose hope, no matter how hard it gets. When you get subbed on at half time and you’re 3-0 down, you know that everything’s not going to go your way. But you saw out there today that we’re a proper team and we really piled on the pressure after we made it 3-1. With a bit more luck we could’ve won in the end, but we didn’t. Against Bremen we have yet another six-pointer ahead of us, in which we have to pick up points. We have to take the momentum we’ve gained here into that game and put in a much better performance. We spoke about our situation with some of the fans after the game and we told them that we need them behind us if we’re going to be successful. We need them up and singing again against Bremen!
Per Skjelbred: It was total chaos in the first half, that much is clear. We were so bad and you cannot concede goals as easily as that in this league and expect to be successful. We have to thank our fans for their support today, it was a very important point for us. When you go in at half time 3-0 down it doesn’t really matter what the coach says too much, it’s up to the players to go back out there and turn it around. But football is like that, it’s always chaos, we just have to stick together now and get through this. It won’t happen if we don’t! We now leave Düsseldorf with a point after the lads did so amazingly well in the second half. To come back from 3-0 down shows that clearly. We have to take this feeling, this buzz, with us into the coming games.
Krzysztof Piatek: The point was unbelievably important for us, especially after what happened in the first half. We wanted to win this game, but when you’re already 2-0 down after ten minutes, it’s always going to be difficult, especially in this league. I’m really annoyed with myself for not having scored that one-on-one: I have to be scoring in situations like that. Luckily I got another chance with the penalty, and I helped the team in the end. We showed in the second half just how much potential we have as a team. We want to continue to produce like that in the coming games and get all three points!