Errors are punished to the highest degree, something that can be seen week-in week out in the Bundesliga. The slightest lapse in concentration or mistake can lead to a goal. That’s exactly what Hertha BSC experienced during Sunday’s game in Freiburg. “I saw two very disciplined teams,” said Pal Dardai, commenting on the fact that both teams neutralized each other during the contest. Hertha’s failure to deal with efforts from Haberer and Petersen meant they left Freiburg defeated. “We backed off too much for the goals, didn’t react quick enough and defended awfully - their goals were very avoidable,” said a frustrated Dardai in the aftermath of the match.
Too many errors
Sunday’s 2-1 defeat to Freiburg saw Hertha punished for their mistakes. Here is the fallout.
What was said...
"The defeat hurts, but we did not create enough chances in their box."Julian Schieber
The two goals which led to Hertha losing their first game of the second half of the season both came out of the blue. The game was far from a cracker. Hertha had 60% of the ball, and both teams had the same amount of 50-50 duels and shots on goal (11). Per Skjlebred had BSC’s best chance, firing just wide of the post after 37 minutes. “Neither team wanted to commit men forward, it wasn’t really the best game to watch,” said Dardai. Seconds later, and his team switched off, allowing Freiburg to take the lead. “We needed to be stronger at that moment,” said the Hungarian.
Performance improved after the break
Hertha put on a more spirited display in the second half of the match. Vladimir Darida and substitute Genki Haraguchi had several chances but could not put them away. “We were better going forward but we were unable to create that clear-cut opportunity. Unfortunately we didn’t do enough,” admitted Dárdai. A draw was at least within reach at 1-0 but the second goal proved decisive. “Once again it was a long ball that we failed to deal with. That is why we came away with nothing in the end,” evaluated Ungar. Substitute Julian Schieber’s goal proved merely to be a consolation and came too late in the day. “I had hoped that the referee would have played more stoppage time. This defeat obviously hurts but we simply didn’t have a big enough presence in the opposition’s box.
”The 27-year-old and his teammates will be licking their wounds at the moment but preparations for the first home game of 2017 against FC Ingolstadt will begin on Wednesday after a day of recovery on Monday and a day off on Tuesday. “We are desperate to get a victory in our next match after two defeats in a row. It will not be easy but we want to throw everything at this game to get the three points,” Schieber said on behalf of the team. Fabian Lustenberger shared what he thought will be the recipe for success contains. “We’ve always remained composed in matches that we’ve won. We also have to keep our composure when we lose games. Now it’s about working hard and concentrating during the week so that we can get a better result,” said the midfielder.