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“Just playing well against strong opponents is not enough!”

At Thursday’s pre-match press conference, Bruno Labbadia and Michael Preetz spoke about squad news and the upcoming game against Borussia Dortmund under the floodlights on Saturday evening.

A world-class opponent under the floodlights. The stage is set for a thrilling game of football as Hertha BSC welcome Borussia Dortmund to the capital on Saturday evening (21.11.20, 20:30 CET). The only thing lacking will be the fans to create the atmosphere, as it will sadly take place behind closed doors due to the ongoing pandemic. Out on the pitch, the Old Lady face a tough challenge against Lucien Favre’s side, but one in which Hertha will be hoping to build on past performances against other top sides Bayern and Leipzig and hopefully, come away with the points this time. "It’s not enough for us to just play well against strong opponents. We also want to win these games and pick up points," said Bruno Labbadia, underlining his aim of coming away with three points from the game. The coach is expecting an opponent with “excellent footballers and dynamic football” and summed up his thoughts by saying “We’re looking forward to a very interesting evening of football!”

Missing a key trio against Dortmund

Labbadia will have to do without Santiago Ascacíbar (muscular problems) and Jhon Córdoba (ankle ligament injury) for the clash, while Jordan Torunarigha will not be ready in time to play following his return to training at the start of this week. Meanwhile, the players on international duty will be returning to the capital over the course of Thursday. “There will be a lot of attention on the game because of the late kick off time. We’re welcoming a top team to Berlin,” said Michael Preetz, looking ahead to the game. Labbadia emphasised the desire of his team to take three points from the game against last year’s runners-up. We played well against Bayern and Leipzig, but we weren't able to come away with anything to show for it. We want to change that against Dortmund. It's not enough for us to play well against teams like these - we want to win these games!

Teams, 19.11.2020