Salomon Kalou's headline-grabbing hat-trick in Friday's 3-1 win away to Hannover 96 went down very well indeed in the Hertha Berlin camp.
HANNOVER 96 1-3 HERTHA BERLIN
Goals: 0-1 Kalou (33'), 0-2 Kalou (60'), 1-2 Kiyotake (pen. 70'), 1-3 Kalou (pen. 87')
Salomon Kalou (Hertha striker): "I've scored a hat-trick once before. It's nice to be back scoring again and helping the team. It was important after losing at home [to Borussia Mönchengladbach] last week. We scored early and I was able to take all my chances. We're playing more attacking football this season, so I'm getting more chances. We're high on confidence and want to continue playing at this level after the international break."
Fabian Lustenberger (Hertha defender): "I'm happy we won. We played well and played as a team again. We showed a good reaction to the defeat to Gladbach. Everyone that played knew exactly what their role was. Everything clicked. Kalou is in top shape right now and is benefiting from our new style of play. We have to bear in mind that no one stays up with 20 points, however."
Pal Dardai (Hertha head coach): "Salomon has world-class qualities. His goals made the difference today, but the whole team played well and fought hard. Hats off to them, they deserve the praise. We pretty much dominated away from home and played really well in attack."
Marcelo (Hannover defender): "We expected more playing at home, but unfortunately we couldn't get into our game. Hertha moved the ball really well. We have to do better, especially at home."
Uffe Bech (Hannover forward): "It's really frustrating because we really wanted to win. We actually dominated the game, but Hertha scored with practically every chance. That was the difference today."
Michael Frontzeck (Hannover head coach): "It's tough for us to take. We wanted to carry the momentum from the second half in Hamburg with us, then we got caught out on the counter during a decent spell. We'll keep our heads up and now look to the game in Mönchengladbach."