Tracking back well and dangerous up front, Salomon Kalou put in an impressive shift against Borussia Dortmund. - © imago / Sebastian Wells
Tracking back well and dangerous up front, Salomon Kalou put in an impressive shift against Borussia Dortmund. - © imago / Sebastian Wells
Bundesliga

Kalou harnesses Mourinho spirit to lift Hertha

With their fully-deserved draw against Borussia Dortmund, Hertha Berlin impressed many onlookers (read: the match report). Key among them was Jose Mourinho, who was at the Olympiastadion to cast an eye on his former protege Salomon Kalou.

Despite narrowly missing the opportunity to secure victory against Dortmund, Salomon Kalou was once again among the standout performers for Hertha. The Ivorian striker worked hard for the team in attack and defence, never shying away from a tackle and ending the match having won 59% of his challenges. In total, Kalou won 15 one-on-one challenges, more than any other player on the pitch.

His defensive qualities stem from the grounding he received from former coach Jose Mourinho and are reaping the benefits. Mourinho was in attendance to see another accomplished performance by Kalou and Hertha, as they cancelled out the most dangerous attack in the Bundesliga. No side has scored more goals than Dortmund yet Hertha’s tactical and defensive discipline prevented them finding the net for the first time this season.

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