That was the perfect reaction!
HSV deservedly beat Hertha BSC 2-0 at the Volksparkstadion on Sunday evening. A brace of goals by Nicolai Müller did the trick for the home side. HSV.de collected the following post-match reaction.
A superb team performance saw the Rothosen through to a well deserved 2-0 home win over Hertha BSC Berlin on matchday 25. Nicolai Müller scored his first ever brace for HSV who broke through the 30 point barrier in the process. HSV.de spoke to happy Hamburg protagonists in the mixed zone inside the stadium. Read here what was said.
Nicolai Müller: It feels great and I am delighted with this superb team performance. We played patiently, worked well against the ball and created plenty of chances. The good thing about today is that we managed to take our chances. We showed the perfect reaction to the defeat at Schalke in midweek. Albin Ekdal contributed hugely as a calming influence. We were delighted to welcome him back after such a long injury lay off. He had an excellent comeback. I scored twice so things also went very well for me. Up to now I have been part of every training session since the winter break and feel top fit. I am enjoying the trust bestowed in me by our coach. Such things are crucial for every player.
Aaron Hunt: Success today was down to every singly player in our team. We played well with and without the ball. Everyone ran their hearts out which gave the man on the ball more time. It was very important to win again. That was our goal but we must not now sit back and relax but carry on where we left off tonight. Of course I will enjoy this victory and playing in such games is very enjoyable. The return of Albin did us good but it would be wrong to single anyone out, because the whole team played well
Gotoku Sakai: We finally reached the 30 point mark. We showed what we can do and are delighted with the home win. I spoke with the coach before kick off and he told me that their striker Kalou isn’t into coming back to defend and that we should take advantage of that. I sense us improving game by game. We fought hard for 90 minutes and our front men defended well too. Personally, I just have to get stuck in every day and try to do a good job. I was very impressed by the performance of Albin Ekdal. He was sidelined for almost five months and still performed so well on his comeback. I am delighted for him. We have to repeat this performance in our next game and continue to function well as a team. It is important that we only focus o0n ourselves.
Albin Ekdal: It was wonderful to be back on the pitch with the lads. I worked very hard towards this day and the fact that we won makes it even sweeter. I got into the game early because we had a lot of possession which suits my game. Nicolai Müller was our match winner today and I hope he can carry on his good form.
Bruno Labbadia: Firstly I would like to praise Hertha. Pal Dardai is doing a great job and they are having a superb season. We put in a strong performance today. It was good to see us improve after the break and give the perfect answer to our loss at Schalke in midweek. We also reached our goal of 30 points. It was a great end to our “English” week. We of course took a risk playing Albin Ekdal, especially because Hertha have such strong running midfielders. We needed a new impulse in the team and he delivered that today. He played in a calm manner and didn’t overdo it. He so wanted to play and told every member of our staff that he wanted the chance to prove to me that he could last 90 minutes. On the whole our game plan worked against Hertha and we picked the right team to face them.
Pal Dardai: We were unable to force our game onto them today and I have no idea why. Either I made a mistake as the coach or it was a mind over matter thing. Fact is, that we failed to win any of our three games during the English week and we must not pull any punches when we analyse the situation. There are no excuses to make – I never look for any. We simply didn’t perform today and we must swallow this bitter defeat and put it to bed as soon as possible.