Hertha gave everything but had nothing to show for it – the ‘Old Lady’ will travel back to Berlin empty handed after being defeated 2-0 on Sunday afternoon. After a valiant effort, the players were disappointed with the outsomce of the match. “It would have been nice to have rewarded ourselves with a point,” said Lukas Klünter. herthabsc.de has all the post-match reaction.
Lukas Klünter: It was a tough start to the game for us because Hoffenheim put us under a lot of pressure and played the ball around well. After the goal we found our feet a little bit and got our way back into the game towards the end of the first half, and also after the break. The second goal sealed the game. I haven’t played at centre-back in a game before but I’ve done it a lot in training. It would have been nice to have rewarded ourselves with a point. It is difficult for the fans, who haven’t seen us win for five games now. But we are very grateful for their support and hopefully we can give something back as soon as possible.
Davie Selke: It is a difficult situation for us all at the moment. It isn’t easy to find the right words. None of us are going home happy today, but I don’t feel like we are in a crisis. Of course you lack a bit of self belief when you haven’t picked up many points in a long time, but if we had been able to get the equaliser when we were putting them under pressure, it would have been a completely different game –even if Hoffenheim’s victory was not undeserved.
Per Skjelbred: Hoffenheim were really good in the early stages and played with a high tempo. We had to sit deeply and couldn’t find our formation properly. Even at 1-0, I felt that we were still in the game. Afterwards, it could have gone either way and with a little bit of luck we would have been able to get the equalising goal, which would have changed everything - so of course it is a shame. Then they managed to double their lead and it became very difficult for us. Now we have to work hard and go the extra mile, talk more and show togetherness. In life, when you’re going through a difficult patch you have to fight through it together and it is the same in football. Nobody finds football enjoyable when you’re going through a bad spell.