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Pal Dardai slams Matheus Cunha for strolling during Hertha's loss to Köln

By Rune Gjerulff

Hertha BSC coach Pal Dardai has hit out at Matheus Cunha for strolling during Sunday's Bundesliga game against FC Köln.

Pal Dardai.
Pal Dardai.Photo: Football.ua/Creative Commons/CC-by-SA 3.0

Hertha BSC coach Pal Dardai has blasted Matheus Cunha for his lack of work ethic during Sunday's 3-1 loss to FC Köln in the Bundesliga.

Speaking to German media in the wake of the game, Dardai didn't mince his words when discussing the 22-year-old's performance.

"In Germany, you can't just stop working when you're not in possession. Then everything falls apart," said the Hertha coach and added:

"There were scenes that were absolutely out of order. As a striker, just staying up front, walking back. I don't understand the world anymore. How does a footballer get into walk mode in 90 minutes? I don't know.

"It's my job to stop that. This is not youth football, but the Bundesliga.

"He's a good kid. But I ask myself why things like that can happen during a game. I'll talk to him, of course."

It's not the first time Cunha has been criticized heavily by a coach. Back in December, now former Hertha coach Bruno Labbadia blasted the Brazilian attacking midfielder after a 4-1 defeat to Freiburg.

"Something has to change immediately," fumed Labbadia.

"It's unacceptable. He let himself and his team down with his performance. It's very rare that I do something like this, but I'll say it honestly: I'm totally offended."

Cunha has been touted for a move away from the German capital this summer, with the likes of Atlético Madrid, Atalanta, Leeds United, Monaco and Napoli said to be keeping tabs on him.

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