A point gained

Hertha fought hard for a point in Mainz on Saturday (06.10.18), the first game after the spectacular home win over FC Bayern. Hertha now have 14 points to their name.

Mainz – When teams pull off upsets like Hertha did over Bayern, the whole footballing world always wants that team to follow up the upset in their next game. This was the aim for Hertha as they travelled to face FSV Mainz 05. However after 90 minutes the Blue-Whites failed to break down Mainz and had to share a point with the hosts. “Mainz are a team who are strong at home and play really good football. The first half was back and forth and we should have made better use of our chances on the break,” explained Per Skjelbred. For the Norwegian, it is important that the team can appreciate the point in the context of the whole season. “We are not Barcelona, we can beat anybody on our day, but every team in the Bundesliga can play football. We will gladly take any point we can get and carry on our work!”

Several chances for the win

The Berliners had several chances to go ahead and potentially win the game yesterday. Vedad Ibisevic saw the post in his way after his header, 26 minutes in. Davie Selke, who had only just replaced the Bosnian up front, also missed the target by centimeters with a header in the second half. Ultimately the Hertha players felt that a draw was a fair result. “Vedad’s header that hit the post was a massive chance and we had a couple of half chances,” commented Marvin Plattenhardt after the game. “All in all we played ok, but there are still a few things we will need to work on. They also had some chances to win too.”

"We can beat anybody on our day, but every team in the Bundesliga can play football. We will gladly take any point we can get and carry on our work!"

Per Skjelbred

Still a brilliant start to the season

The hosts kept Hertha on their toes for the 90 minutes and gave Dárdai’s men no time to relax. “Mainz were the better team in the first half. They won a lot of tackles and therefore the game was played more in our half,” analysed Valentino Lazaro. “I thought the game was a bit more open in the second half. We can still be pleased with a point today because of how brilliant our start to the season has been!”

Head coach Pál Dárdai agreed with his players’ views on the games and was satisfied with a point. “It’s been a difficult week mentally for the players after beating Bayern.” The Hungarian, who had already said that the game in Mainz would be no walk In the park, is already looking forward to the next game, which is against SC Freiburg in the Olympiastadion (21/10/18, 15:30 CEST) after the international break. “It’s vital that the players come back fit and healthy from international duty. Then we will face Freiburg, a game which we want to win, something which will back up our win over Bayern and the point today!”

Teams, 07.10.2018