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"We made it too easy for Hannover"

Karim Rekik, Per Skjelbred, Mathew Leckie and Fabian Lustenberger give their reaction to Hertha’s 3-1 loss at Hannover 96 on Saturday afternoon.

Hannover- Hertha went down 3-1 to Hannover in their final away day of 2017/18. Three first half goals cost the boys in Blue and White, and Davie Selke’s late consolation was nothing more than that. Here’s what those on the pitch made of the game. 
Per Skjelbred: We played really badly in the first half. We didn’t get stuck in enough and get our foot on the ball. The second period was better, that was more like us. We moved the ball excellently and created openings. But it’s always going to be tough to come back from 0-3 down. Hopefully we can end the season on a high at home to Leipzig in the Olympiastadion next week. 
Mathew Leckie
We did not play well in the first half. Weh ad a few chances but it wasn’t good enough. We were afraid to get stuck in and didn’t win enough of the second balls. They played long balls and were better in chasing them down and we were not good enough in the one-on-ones. It’s annoying because we showed character in the second half and created chances to get the second goal but it wasn’t enough. We prepared well, we knew it would be a tough game, but it’s hard to say where it got away from us. We have one game left now against Leipzig and we want to send the gans into the summer on a high. 
Karim Rekik: The first half was poor from us. The second was better. We wanted to show a reaction to the slow start against Augsburg but that went away from us early on. The played faster than us, and pressed more. They were up for it from the start – and we were not. We spoke after the game about it because it was the same last week. We wanted to make it better but it did not come off for us today. 
Fabian Lustenberger: We deserved to lose, particularly after the first half, when we did not play well. Based on chances created it was an even game. They were more efficient than us and they were able to go lights out in that first half – and that should not be happening to us. It’s no excuse for me that I came into the starting XI late, even if me and Karim have not played together at centre back before. We have to dust ourselves down and get ready to bounce back over the next week. The problem this year has been that we have had a lot of chances to climb the table and fight higher up the league, but we have been able to get the job done. 

Hannover- Hertha went down 3-1 to Hannover in their final away day of 2017/18. Three first half goals cost the boys in Blue and White, and Davie Selke’s late consolation was nothing more than that. Here’s what those on the pitch made of the game. 

Per Skjelbred: We played really badly in the first half. We didn’t get stuck in enough and get our foot on the ball. The second period was better, that was more like us. We moved the ball excellently and created openings. But it’s always going to be tough to come back from 0-3 down. Hopefully we can end the season on a high at home to Leipzig in the Olympiastadion next week. 

Mathew Leckie: We did not play well in the first half. Weh ad a few chances but it wasn’t good enough. We were afraid to get stuck in and didn’t win enough of the second balls. They played long balls and were better in chasing them down and we were not good enough in the one-on-ones. It’s annoying because we showed character in the second half and created chances to get the second goal but it wasn’t enough. We prepared well, we knew it would be a tough game, but it’s hard to say where it got away from us. We have one game left now against Leipzig and we want to send the gans into the summer on a high. 

Karim Rekik: The first half was poor from us. The second was better. We wanted to show a reaction to the slow start against Augsburg but that went away from us early on. The played faster than us, and pressed more. They were up for it from the start – and we were not. We spoke after the game about it because it was the same last week. We wanted to make it better but it did not come off for us today. 

Fabian Lustenberger: We deserved to lose, particularly after the first half, when we did not play well. Based on chances created it was an even game. They were more efficient than us and they were able to go lights out in that first half – and that should not be happening to us. It’s no excuse for me that I came into the starting XI late, even if me and Karim have not played together at centre back before. We have to dust ourselves down and get ready to bounce back over the next week. The problem this year has been that we have had a lot of chances to climb the table and fight higher up the league, but we have been able to get the job done. 

Teams, 27.05.2018
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