Munich - Jos Luhukay's Hertha Berlin side have been garnering plaudits from across the Bundesliga with their fearless, hard-working approach to every encounter, regardless of the opposition.
On Matchday 10, they came up against FC Bayern München, not that Luhukay's meticulous planning was altered in any way. Despite a narrow 3-2 loss, it would be unfair to say Hertha just gave a good account of themselves, considering how assured and daring they were in almost holding last season's quadruple-winners to a draw.
bundesliga.com caught up post-match with Luhukay, the man who inspired last season's promotion into the Bundesliga, and is steering his side ever higher up the table. The Dutch coach gave his thoughts on Bayern, his impressive attacking unit, and the clash with FC Schalke 04 next week...
bundesliga.com: Jos Luhukay, what are your thoughts after your side’s 3-2 loss to FC Bayern München this afternoon?
Jos Luhukay: We played really well, particularly as a promoted side. An equaliser and a draw wouldn't have flattered us.
bundesliga.com: You also scored twice at the home of the champions…
Luhukay: Yes, we managed to do that, which is a success in itself.
bundesliga.com: You’ve certainly got an in-form striker in Adrian Ramos. He scored again today and looks on fire at the moment. What do you make of his form?
Luhukay: He’s a fantastic player, a complete striker. It was another great headed goal he scored early on today. He’s in really ominous form and is showing how dangerous he is in front of goal.
bundesliga.com: You face Schalke at home next week, who lost to Borussia Dortmund today. Can you share any thoughts ahead of that top-of-the-table clash?
Luhukay: Yes, I saw they lost, which turns it into a big game for both sides. We’ll be trying to win against them, and even after losing today, there’s a lot we can take with us into next week.
bundesliga.com: Speaking of what you can take with you, what positives will you be carrying into Matchday 11?
Luhukay: Defensively we weren’t too bad, apart from the set-pieces that they scored from. Going forward, having scored two goals, we’ll be taking a lot of self-confidence into the Schalke game.
Interview by Daniel Thacker
Check out the impressive Olympiastadion in which Luhukay's capital city strollers will be hosting Schalke next weekend, courtesy of the official Bundesliga YouTube channel: