Berlin – Hertha put in an energetic and positive performance against Freiburg in Berlin on Matchday 26 of the Bundesliga, and did everything right but score in their fourth home game of 2018. We got the thoughts of Rune Jarstein, Fabian Lustenbergers, Marvin Plattenhardt und Davie Selke after the final whistle.
Rune Jarstein: “We were perfectly fine defensively, I had nothing to do all game. We had two or three good chances to take the lead in the first half, but we couldn’t get the goal. We looked to put pressure on them in the second half, too. I can understand why the fans are a little frustrated, because they want to see goals, and we haven’t been able to score or win a game for weeks now. We just need to keep working hard, then we will start firing again.”
Karim Rekik: "We needed to win that. For long periods we played really well and created chances. We’re in a bit of a rut at the moment, because the goals just aren’t going in. I am confident it will come back to us if we keep working hard. The coach told us to go into the second half with the same intensity as the first but we were not able to do it. You can’t press for 90 minutes with that much energy unfortunately. Sometimes you have to take your foot off the gas and calm things down. The fans are of course not completely happy because we have not scored or won. They want to celebrate a win as much as we do. That’s normal and we just have to get on with things. The upcoming games will be big for us, and we must give 100% to win them.”
Marvin Plattenhardt: “We played well for the whole game, and saw so much of the ball. We put in everything and got nothing out. It’s a real shame at the end of the day, because a point at home is not always enough.”
Fabian Lustenberger: “We put a lot into that, and tried everything but we just could not get over the line and get that goal. It was just a point and of course we would have liked three. We defended well, but certain phases of intense pressure use up a lot of energy – and we couldn’t keep it up for 90 minutes. But we did play well, conceded very few chances and tried as much as possible to play football. It’s annoying. We create good chances through our football and we have to work on taking these chances and re-find the efficiency we had in the Hinrunde. We would ideally have more points and a bigger gap to those at the bottom.”
Davie Selke: “The problem in the last few games ist hat we haven’t made the most of our chances. You can’t fault us for that, but we need to make more use of these situations. We did not do that today, and the longer a game like that stays 0-0 the more confident the other team becomes. We were definitely the better team and should have won the game. We are immensely frustrated as a team, because we have not been able to go home with a win.”