After today's 2-4 defeat against Werder Bremen, Kevin-Prince Boateng found it difficult to explain exactly what's wrong with Hertha BSC at the moment.
"Normally I can always talk and find answers, but at the moment it is difficult to summarize everything. I don't know, I'm a bit lost for words. In the end it is just not enough - especially the way we played in the first half," Boateng was quoted as saying by Hertha's website.
"We have to be present from the first to the last minute. You can see there was a bit of a mental block. In front of a crowd like this, it's not easy to build from the back and be brave on the ball, especially with the result against Schalke behind us. We have to pull together even faster and tighter now, because there are still very important games ahead of us.
Pal Dardai, who replaced Sandro Schwarz as head coach after last week's 5-2 loss to Schalke 04, said:
"This is football. I was mentally prepared for a defeat. We conceded a goal right away, the team was mentally blocked. The pressure was a big problem, we have to do something to remove the blockade. We don't need to talk about the course of the game. It was a headache in our situation. We were not brave, Bremen deserved to win."
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