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"Something special could happen here"

Davie Selke has managed to stay injury-free this pre-season for the third time of asking since joining Hertha. The forward talked to us about getting up and running against Eichstätt, competition for places and season goals.

This hasn’t been Davie Selke’s first pre-season with Hertha. After all, the striker has been at the capital since 2017. However, the arduous, five-week long preparation has been a very different one for him this time. It’s not usually a period of the season the players enjoy, but Selke has been savouring the chance to push himself. At the third time of asking, the German striker has managed to get through a Hertha pre-season without getting injured, with just a couple of days to go until the first game of the 2019/20 campaign against VfB Eichstätt (Sunday, 11th August, 15:30 CEST). “I’m feeling good – I’m fit and raring to go,” said Selke. Between Wednesday’s two training sessions, he managed to find time to talk to herthabsc.de about the battle for places, season goals and the opening game.
Davie Selke on…
…his focus in pre-season: This summer, it was important for my focus to solely be on the football, on training and the games. That’s why I didn’t take part in any interviews. Getting injured in pre-season has almost become something of a pastime for me in recent years and it really sets me back. Fortunately, that hasn’t been the case this time. I’m feeling good – I’m fit and raring to go. At 24 years old, I know by now that my fitness levels need to be at a certain point to be able to play my best football. When that’s been the case, things have worked out for me.
…Ante Covic’s playing style: The new coach wants us to work our way out of situations by keeping the ball on the ground, which I’m a fan of. I think it’s a playing style that benefits all of the forwards. The aim is to win the ball high up the pitch and break quickly. If we can’t do that, then we’ll look to work the ball around and wait for the perfect moment to drive forward. You can sense that there has been a change in coach; everyone is giving their absolute all and there are a lot of new exercises. I’m intrigued to see how we implement Ante’s ideas when it comes to a proper match – that’s what it’s all about after all. We showed promising signs in the friendlies, particularly in the win against Crystal Palace, but they weren’t competitive games, so we won’t get ahead of ourselves. There are of course a few things that will still need adjusting.
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…the competition in the squad: When we play in a 4-3-3, then there will be a central frontman. Both Vedad Ibisevic and myself can play that position. It’s sure to be a good battle, just like in recent years, but the competition spurs us on. Whoever performs better will get game time. My initial focus is on the things I can affect myself, so fitness and my work in training. If I then get my chance, whether from the start or off the bench, I need to be ready. If I stay fit, I will get minutes under my belt. I think it’s good that we’ve signed a player like Dodi Lukebakio. Competition is healthy. If we want to take the next step, then bringing in players like him is the way to do it. It improves the overall quality in training; everyone wants to play and make their case to the coach.

This hasn’t been Davie Selke’s first pre-season with Hertha. After all, the striker has been at the capital since 2017. However, the arduous, five-week long preparation has been a very different one for him this time. It’s not usually a period of the season the players enjoy, but Selke has been savouring the chance to push himself. At the third time of asking, the German striker has managed to get through a Hertha pre-season without getting injured, with just a couple of days to go until the first game of the 2019/20 campaign against VfB Eichstätt (Sunday, 11th August, 15:30 CEST). “I’m feeling good – I’m fit and raring to go,” said Selke. Between Wednesday’s two training sessions, he managed to find time to talk to herthabsc.de about the battle for places, season goals and the opening game.

Davie Selke on…

…his focus in pre-season: This summer, it was important for my focus to solely be on the football, on training and the games. That’s why I didn’t take part in any interviews. Getting injured in pre-season has almost become something of a pastime for me in recent years and it really sets me back. Fortunately, that hasn’t been the case this time. I’m feeling good – I’m fit and raring to go. At 24 years old, I know by now that my fitness levels need to be at a certain point to be able to play my best football. When that’s been the case, things have worked out for me.

…Ante Covic’s playing style: The new coach wants us to work our way out of situations by keeping the ball on the ground, which I’m a fan of. I think it’s a playing style that benefits all of the forwards. The aim is to win the ball high up the pitch and break quickly. If we can’t do that, then we’ll look to work the ball around and wait for the perfect moment to drive forward. You can sense that there has been a change in coach; everyone is giving their absolute all and there are a lot of new exercises. I’m intrigued to see how we implement Ante’s ideas when it comes to a proper match – that’s what it’s all about after all. We showed promising signs in the friendlies, particularly in the win against Crystal Palace, but they weren’t competitive games, so we won’t get ahead of ourselves. There are of course a few things that will still need adjusting.

...the competition in the squad: When we play in a 4-3-3, then there will be a central frontman. Both Vedad Ibisevic and myself can play that position. It’s sure to be a good battle, just like in recent years, but the competition spurs us on. Whoever performs better will get game time. My initial focus is on the things I can affect myself, so fitness and my work in training. If I then get my chance, whether from the start or off the bench, I need to be ready. If I stay fit, I will get minutes under my belt. I think it’s good that we’ve signed a player like Dodi Lukebakio. Competition is healthy. If we want to take the next step, then bringing in players like him is the way to do it. It improves the overall quality in training; everyone wants to play and make their case to the coach.

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"“As a Hertha player, you’re offered tickets for the final, but you think to yourself, it wouldn’t be half bad to be playing in it.”"

Davie Selke

…personal goals: I’m a striker, I want to score goals. I managed a decent number of assists last season (9), but my tally of three goals isn’t what I was hoping for. My aim for the new season is to reach double digits. I want to push myself. I want to play and get goals. Just saying that isn’t enough though – I need to do my talking on the pitch. I’ve heard about Germany coach Joachim Löw calling on me to score twelve to 15 goals this season. It’s a real motivation for me and a huge honour.
…his future at Hertha BSC: This isn’t just meant to be a phase. I feel at home at Hertha and in Berlin. I had a good first year and my second year had ups and downs with the injuries. My aim is to stay injury free this season and deliver on the pitch. That’s my focus.
…the team’s goals: We haven’t set an official goal for the season yet. I feel like there is a lot of potential and ambition at this club – something special could happen here in the capital. But the first step before talking about it is putting in performances on the pitch. I hope we can deliver in our games and I’m really looking forward to getting going.
…the start of the season: We’re well prepared. I sense a lot of positive energy in training and in the locker room. A cup game is always a little tricky – as a Bundesliga side, you’re always susceptible to tripping up, even if it shouldn’t happen. Eichstätt will be fired up for the game, but we’re focused and are determined to reach the next round. The players and the coaches are excited. We have a big goal for the DFB-Pokal. As a Hertha player, you’re offered tickets for the final, but you think to yourself, it wouldn’t be half bad to be playing in it. I had goosebumps as a spectator and that experience serves as motivation. The first of the many steps ahead is against Eichstätt in Ingolstadt, however. Then hopefully we can travel to Munich on a positive note.

…personal goals: I’m a striker, I want to score goals. I managed a decent number of assists last season (9), but my tally of three goals isn’t what I was hoping for. My aim for the new season is to reach double digits. I want to push myself. I want to play and get goals. Just saying that isn’t enough though – I need to do my talking on the pitch. I’ve heard about Germany coach Joachim Löw calling on me to score twelve to 15 goals this season. It’s a real motivation for me and a huge honour.

…his future at Hertha BSC: This isn’t just meant to be a phase. I feel at home at Hertha and in Berlin. I had a good first year and my second year had ups and downs with the injuries. My aim is to stay injury free this season and deliver on the pitch. That’s my focus.

…the team’s goals: We haven’t set an official goal for the season yet. I feel like there is a lot of potential and ambition at this club – something special could happen here in the capital. But the first step before talking about it is putting in performances on the pitch. I hope we can deliver in our games and I’m really looking forward to getting going.

…the start of the season: We’re well prepared. I sense a lot of positive energy in training and in the locker room. A cup game is always a little tricky – as a Bundesliga side, you’re always susceptible to tripping up, even if it shouldn’t happen. Eichstätt will be fired up for the game, but we’re focused and are determined to reach the next round. The players and the coaches are excited. We have a big goal for the DFB-Pokal. As a Hertha player, you’re offered tickets for the final, but you think to yourself, it wouldn’t be half bad to be playing in it. I had goosebumps as a spectator and that experience serves as motivation. The first of the many steps ahead is against Eichstätt in Ingolstadt, however. Then hopefully we can travel to Munich on a positive note.

Teams, 07.08.2019
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