In football, it’s important to never give up after a setback, no matter how tough the situation. Despite some sticky patches, Hertha showed their mental strength on Saturday (13/02/21) in an intense clash with VfB Stuttgart. The blue-and-whites lifted themselves from the floor and were rewarded with a late equaliser from 17-year-old Luca Netz. “Things went much better in the second half and I am really happy with my goal,” said the kid from Berlin. “We even had a chance to win it in at the end there, but we will take the point!”
Luca Netz: In the first half we didn’t put into practice the things that we had worked on. In the second half we changed things up a bit and it then went much better. My goal was obviously a bit lucky in how it came about, but I’m not going to complain.... I shot against my own foot, which turned out to be quite a good trick! (laughs) The main thing is that the ball went in in the end – I’m really happy about that! It would have been even nicer if we had managed to win. We had a chance to win it in at the end there, but we will take the point. I want to help as much as I can in the weeks to come so that we can get out of this situation together.
"There’s a strong feeling of unity out on the pitch that we have to keep hold of. We will keep going together!"
Sami Khedira: For me, it was my first time playing against Stuttgart. It was a strange feeling on the whole but it was nice to come back here. We were more aggressive in the second half, we had more purpose and a better grip on the game, so we deserved the equaliser. One of my strengths is my understanding of the game. I knew where the gaps would appear in the team from our video analysis this week and from looking in from the outside. The team managed to take that on board at half time. The fact is that we’re in a relegation scrap right now. We have picked up an important point. In the end every point counts, and it’s important for our morale too.
Lucas Tousart: In the first half we missed a little of the intensity we’ve had recently. We were able to change that at the break, we were more on it and made more chances in the second 45. The equaliser was deserved but in the end we wanted to take all three points here. We had chanced at the end and so we’re disappointed not to do that. There’s a strong feeling of unity out on the pitch that we have to keep hold of. We will keep going together and we will have success once again!
Dodi Lukébakio: It was a really intense match. VfB are a team that are capable of playing great football. We needed the first half to see how we could break through their defence. In the second half we showed a good mentality and then got the point. Obviously we wanted to win, but a point is better than nothing. This was my 50th Bundesliga match for Hertha which shows that the club believes in me. I want to repay that faith. I am sure that we will manage to get out of this tough situation together.