In their best start in 11 years, Hertha Berlin gained a well-deserved point on Friday night against Borussia Dortmund.
Stalwart midfielder Per Ciljan Skjelbred's workmanlike performance in midfield was the embodiment of Hertha's ruthless approach to thwarting BVB. Speaking after the game the Norway international reflected on the 90 minutes at the SIGNAL IDUNA PARK and his team's success so far, which he attributes to the teamwork within the club, both on the pitch and in training...
bundesliga.com: Per Ciljan Skjelbred, you were ahead against Dortmund. Is it frustrating not to win the game?
Per Ciljan Skjelbred: A little bit. To concede the penalty with 12 minutes of the game left in the second half, I actually thought 1-1 would be ok, but then I got a new hope that we could do it. Of course Dortmund have a lot of qualities offensively. But I thought today we were very good, we stopped the offensive players and we also had some very big counter opportunities. Straight after we conceded, we had one counter where our guy didn’t see our striker, who was totally alone. But that’s football, that’s the way it should be. It should be emotional, it should have a little bit of temperament, good atmosphere and today it was everything.