It has been almost five weeks since Rune Jarstein kept a clean sheet. At the beginning on February, when Hertha BSC beat Borussia Mönchengladbach away 3-0, they kept their sixth clean sheet of the season. Since then, the Norwegian goalkeeper has had to concede some very frustrating goals. Anyone who knows him, will understand how much he craves a clean sheet. “Rune has been playing well and has been consistent this season while securing us points,” said head coach Pál Dárdai. According to Kicker magazine, Jarstein has also picked up the most points out of the whole Hertha team. His skills will be in demand on Saturday as Hertha BSC take on Borussia Dortmund, who have already scored a massive 61 goals this season. In an interview with herthabsc.de, Jarstein spoke about the showdown with Borussia, conceding unlucky goals and visits to the church.
Herthabsc.de: Have you been going to the church these days?
Jarstein: (laughs) I see the coach has told you. But no, I haven’t been recently. Maybe I should go and maybe we will have a bit more luck...
Herthbsc.de: Jokes aside, Have you ever conceded two own goals in as many games during your career?
Jarstein: I can’t remember (smiles). Unfortunately, this can happen in football and it is simply annoying that it does. Why should we scold the players? We need to support them. It is of course weird how it has happened two games in a row. But maybe, that’s it for now with own goals.
Herthabsc.de: This week you had no training on Monday. What do you do on your days off?
Jarstein: The fact that I was here on my day off was an exception. Usually I do some work on the days after a game; fitness and strength training. On Monday, I rode my bike a bit and then had a TV shoot for Norwegian television.
Herthabsc.de: You’ve played the most competitive games over your career for Hertha (133). For Stavanger (122), Odds BK (77) and Rosenborg (66). Do these stats mean anything to you?
Jarstein: Really? Of all the clubs? I did not know that, but I think it's cool! I am happy that I have played for Hertha so many times and also in the Bundesliga, one of the top leagues. I have often said that I want to play football for as long as possible, maybe even until I'm 40 years old. That's why I hope that I can play many more games.
Herthabsc.de: Let’s look at the game against Borussia Dortmund on Saturday. BVB have recently lost their top spot in the league. What do you expect from the game?
Jarstein: Of course we know that Borussia are a very good opponent, who are fighting Bayern for the title. They will be highly motivated and we have to adjust to that. We can’t give them space, we have to fight for every ball and then take our chances when they come.
Herthabsc.de: In the Bundesliga, Hertha have only lost one of their past six games against Dortmund. Are you optimistic about the game?
Jarstein: The stadium is sold out and the fans will push us. Also in the first game, we played well and after going behind twice. Salomon Kalou had the nerves to put away the penalty. We have played well against the top teams. I don’t know why that is though. I am looking forward to the game and hope that we can put in a performance that makes the fans proud!