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“Had the feeling I had to say something!”

Thomas Kraft speaks about his spot in the starting XI, what was said at half time and the highs and lows of the 3-3 draw in Düsseldorf.

It was only after he’d properly interacted with the fans that Thomas Kraft returned to the dressing room on Friday evening. The goalkeeper removed his shirt after the game and threw it into the crowd of Hertha fans who wanted it. His gloves and his water bottle went into the crowd too after a short while. After the game he sat down and spoke to some journalists about his first appearance in 84 days, what was said at half time and the crazy 3-3 draw in Düsseldorf as a whole. Thomas Kraft on…

…the Fortuna game: It was good that we were able to save ourselves a little bit after what was such a disappointing first half from us. Even in the couple of games before Fortuna we hadn’t been conceding goals as easily as that. We have to change that if we want to win games.

…his starting spot: I just try to do my best in training week in week out. And then when the coach decides he needs me, I’m there.

…what was said at half time: I’m one of the oldest and most experienced players at this club so I had a feeling that I just had to say something. I just asked the boys after how poorly we played in the firt half whether we wanted to be the team that lies down and concedes more, or whether we wanted to be the team that rises and comes back.

…the position in the table: In the end we got the draw which at least keeps Fortuna at bay for now. Now we turn our attention to Saturday against a team we know we can beat. We have to pick up where we left off here in the second half.

Teams, 29.02.2020