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“I want to put in the work to unlock my full potential”

New signing Lukas Klünter gives his first interview in Berlin and talks about his transfer to Hertha, the fast pace of his career so far and his aims at Hertha BSC.
New signing Lukas Klünter gives his first interview in Berlin and talks about his transfer to Hertha, the fast pace of his career so far and his aims at Hertha BSC.

Berlin – When Lukas Klünter turns up the pace, he’s can keep up with the great sprinters. He can run from goal to goal in only 10.6 seconds, only around a second slower than Usain Bolt. His university lecturer tried to persuade him to switch to an athletics course. The right winger, however, lives for football: “After my sprint, he said that I should do an athletics course because there was still some pace which could be found. Of course I didn’t do it,” laughs the 21-year-old. He spoke to herthabsc.de about why he chose to make the move to Hertha, what he thinks about the incredibly fast development of his career so far and what his aims are at Hertha.
herthabsc.de: Welcome to Berlin, Lukas! What were your main reasons for your move to Hertha BSC?
Klünter: I had a good talk with Pál Dárdai and Michael Preetz and everything just fit. I saw the step to Berlin as a big chance to develop myself personally. I didn’t get so much gametime this season; I’d like to play a lot more here. I know that I need to prove myself – I embrace the challenge and I’m really looking forward to it!
herthabsc.de: Where is Pál Dárdai fitting you into his plans and what will your role within the team be?
Klünter: I see myself playing deep on the right and the coach agrees. It came through in the talk that Hertha is focusing on youth and that’s great for me of course. I’m really looking forward to heading into next season with a young team and I hope that we can achieve a lot of success. Sometimes I also had to play as striker at Köln, and that didn’t turn out all too well (grins). But essentially I prefer to play in a defensive role.
herthabsc.de: You run 100 metres in 10.6 seconds, which makes you one of the fastest players in the Bundesliga. Where else do your strengths like and what are you looking to improve upon personally?
Klünter: Firstly the weaknesses (laughs) – I know them just as well as I know my strengths. My technical abilities aren’t yet perfect. Also you can always do something to improve athletically even if I’m already strong in that area. I would say that yy pace, my strength of mind and my commitment on the pitch form the core of my game.
Lukas Klünter
herthabsc.de: Your career in professional football is also moving quickly – you were playing for TSC Euskirchen as recently as 2013 and you made your Bundesliga debut in 2016...
Klünter: It really has flown by so far – I didn’t expect it to. The world of football moves so quickly, sometimes it takes you down one path, sometimes in another direction. I’m an ambitious person and I always put in the hard work. After I moved up to the U19s team in Köln, I started to put in a few extra shifts because I’d just moved to a big club and hadn’t been in an academy yet. That’s why I was lacking in some areas – especially technical ability. But that’s something which you can train and improve and I’ll continue to do that.
herthabsc.de: You have a tough season with Köln (almost) behind you. What have you learnt from your first season at a professional level?
Klünter: Köln enabled me to do a lot of things; I made the step up to professional football at “Effzeh”. There are a lot of things I’ve taken from my time there which I’m thankful for, on and off the pitch. Now I’m looking to the future and I want to put in the work to unlock my full potential and take on new challenges.
herthabsc.de: Have you been to Berlin many times? What are you looking forward to the most in the capital city?
Klünter: I haven’t been here too many times – sometimes with my parents when we made a few trips to cities, but you really get to know a city properly when you live there for a few years. I’ve seen what a lively, beautiful city Berlin is and that it also has its quiet and peaceful corners. I’ll have plenty of time to do stuff off the pitch this season. I’ve already seen the big tourist attractions, but what I’m most looking forward to doing is playing in the Olympiastadion and soaking up the atmosphere within it.
herthabsc.de: There is only one Bundesliga game left this season and training starts in Berlin on 28th June. What do your plans for the summer look like?
Klünter: We still have one game left with Köln. Then I’ll kick back and relax on a beautiful beach somewhere with my girlfriend, read “Die Zeit” newspaper and turn my full focus to the upcoming season.

Berlin – When Lukas Klünter turns up the pace, he’s can keep up with the great sprinters. He can run from goal to goal in only 10.6 seconds, only around a second slower than Usain Bolt. His university lecturer tried to persuade him to switch to an athletics course. The right winger, however, lives for football: “After my sprint, he said that I should do an athletics course because there was still some pace which could be found. Of course I didn’t do it,” laughs the 21-year-old. He spoke to herthabsc.de about why he chose to make the move to Hertha, what he thinks about the incredibly fast development of his career so far and what his aims are at Hertha.

herthabsc.de: Welcome to Berlin, Lukas! What were your main reasons for your move to Hertha BSC?

Klünter: I had a good talk with Pál Dárdai and Michael Preetz and everything just fit. I saw the step to Berlin as a big chance to develop myself personally. I didn’t get so much gametime this season; I’d like to play a lot more here. I know that I need to prove myself – I embrace the challenge and I’m really looking forward to it!

herthabsc.de: Where is Pál Dárdai fitting you into his plans and what will your role within the team be?

Klünter: I see myself playing deep on the right and the coach agrees. It came through in the talk that Hertha is focusing on youth and that’s great for me of course. I’m really looking forward to heading into next season with a young team and I hope that we can achieve a lot of success. Sometimes I also had to play as striker at Köln, and that didn’t turn out all too well (grins). But essentially I prefer to play in a defensive role.

herthabsc.de: You run 100 metres in 10.6 seconds, which makes you one of the fastest players in the Bundesliga. Where else do your strengths like and what are you looking to improve upon personally?

Klünter: Firstly the weaknesses (laughs) – I know them just as well as I know my strengths. My technical abilities aren’t yet perfect. Also you can always do something to improve athletically even if I’m already strong in that area. I would say that yy pace, my strength of mind and my commitment on the pitch form the core of my game.

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"I’m an ambitious person and I always put in the hard work."

Lukas Klünter

herthabsc.de: Your career in professional football is also moving quickly – you were playing for TSC Euskirchen as recently as 2013 and you made your Bundesliga debut in 2016...

Klünter: It really has flown by so far – I didn’t expect it to. The world of football moves so quickly, sometimes it takes you down one path, sometimes in another direction. I’m an ambitious person and I always put in the hard work. After I moved up to the U19s team in Köln, I started to put in a few extra shifts because I’d just moved to a big club and hadn’t been in an academy yet. That’s why I was lacking in some areas – especially technical ability. But that’s something which you can train and improve and I’ll continue to do that.

herthabsc.de: You have a tough season with Köln (almost) behind you. What have you learnt from your first season at a professional level?

Klünter: Köln enabled me to do a lot of things; I made the step up to professional football at “Effzeh”. There are a lot of things I’ve taken from my time there which I’m thankful for, on and off the pitch. Now I’m looking to the future and I want to put in the work to unlock my full potential and take on new challenges.

herthabsc.de: Have you been to Berlin many times? What are you looking forward to the most in the capital city?

Klünter: I haven’t been here too many times – sometimes with my parents when we made a few trips to cities, but you really get to know a city properly when you live there for a few years. I’ve seen what a lively, beautiful city Berlin is and that it also has its quiet and peaceful corners. I’ll have plenty of time to do stuff off the pitch this season. I’ve already seen the big tourist attractions, but what I’m most looking forward to doing is playing in the Olympiastadion and soaking up the atmosphere within it.

herthabsc.de: There is only one Bundesliga game left this season and training starts in Berlin on 28th June. What do your plans for the summer look like?

Klünter: We still have one game left with Köln. Then I’ll kick back and relax on a beautiful beach somewhere with my girlfriend, read “Die Zeit” newspaper and turn my full focus to the upcoming season.

Teams, 27.05.2018
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