Inglostadt/Berlin – The first competitive match of the new season is always a special thing – and even more so, if it ends in victory. This was the case for Hertha, who defeated Eichstätt 5-1 on Sunday afternoon. “Ante really got us fired up before the game”, explained Niklas Stark. “We started well, combined with each other nicely, created plenty of chances, and then took them when we did. Eichstätt never gave up and they didn’t make it an easy game for us. Despite that, we played really well for the whole game and deserved to win”, added Hertha’s number 5. herthabsc.de has summarised the post-match quotes .
Vedad Ibisevic: We’re really pleased with our performance. We’ve seen plenty of times that in this round of the competition, the Bundesliga teams can struggle; we didn’t want to fall in to that bracket. As a team, some things we did really worked, others less so, but that’s normal for the first game of the season. Scoring five goals is not an everyday occurrence. For me as a striker, scoring goals is always good, no matter who it’s against. On Friday we’re playing a completely different opponent though. Against Bayern we’re really going to have to go the extra mile!
Niklas Stark: Ante really got us fired up before the game. We started well, combined with each other nicely, created plenty of chances, and then took them when we did. Eichstätt never gave up, fought hard and always made it difficult for us. Despite that, we played really well for the whole game and deserved to win. We were able to take a lot from that game and saw that our ideas also work in a competitive scenario. Obviously the game in Munich will be a different kettle of fish, but we have already shown in the past that we can beat Bayern.
Alexander Esswein: It’s never easy to play in the first round against teams that have already started their league campaigns. I think we got the job done well and played well. I’m delighted to have scored today! It will obviously be a lot harder next week in the Bundesliga, but everybody has to play twice against Bayern. We have prepared well by scoring five goals today and also built some momentum for ourselves, so we’re looking forward to the game!
Dodi Lukebakio: I’m really pleased to have made my competitive debut for Hertha BSC. I feel good considering I’ve only been at the club for two weeks and this was my first game since the end of last season. I’m currently focusing on improving my fitness in training, so that I can help my team as much as possible. The game against FC Bayern will be very special for me, but I will just concentrate on giving my best – that’s the most important thing.