Aubameyang & Reus no superhumans - Hector

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The Chelsea loanee is not scared of BVB, despite their immense firepower up front, as they already managed to do it once before this season


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Michael Hector is not fearful of facing the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Marco Reus and Shinji Kagawa as Frankfurt gear up for the DFB Pokal final against Borussia Dortmund on Saturday.

The Chelsea loanee, who has started his side's last five games, believes there are reasons to be hopeful that his team can upset the odds by winning the competition for the fifth time in his club's history.

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"It is men against men, they are not superhuman. We feel that on our day, we can beat them," Hector told Goal.

"We beat them already this season. We are going to try and do the same thing that we did last time. We were in their faces, we won every second ball, we were positive. We attacked them, we didn't just sit back and defend.

"We defended well, we pushed them high up the field. I think that's what we need to do. We need to test them defensively and that's what will win us the game. If we sit back and defend for 90 minutes, then I don't think that's going to work.

Michael Hector

"We will play our game and go for it. It is a one-off game and anything can happen in the cup final. They have got Marco Reus, Ousmane Dembele, Kagawa. They have so many players that can hurt you on their day.

"We have to respect Aubameyang's record at the moment because he is on fire. We have to respect the other players as well. They are world class as well. It will be a tough ask to beat them, but on the day we will be fired up and anything can happen.

"It has been a long-run, it has been tough and most of our games have been away and against tough competition. 

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"We deserve to be in the final. It will be another tough battle against Dortmund but it is a fair playing field at a neutral venue."

Hector has yet to decide what he will do with his future but the cup final could be his last game for Niko Kovac's side. 

Hector

Kovac left Hector out for four games in a row ahead of the semi-final against Borussia Monchengladbach, but the pair have since cleared the air and Hector opened up about the discussions he had with his boss during that period. 

"I didn't know if I was going to play the semi and then the manager showed he trusted me. It was good on him for believing in me," he said.

"It was a tough time for me and I was able to prove him right and help to win that semi-final. I played well, scored a penalty which put us on our way to winning the shootout.

"We have had good chats, which were needed. When I wasn't playing I needed to know what he felt, I needed to improve. I learned what he wanted from me and I think that's the best thing that I have done, to talk with him and we sat down and spoke like men.

"We spoke about what I wanted from the loan and what he wanted from me. Since then, we both know exactly what each other wants and that's what we have given each other. That's why I have been playing as much of late.

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"I think that's what you need in football. Sometimes players don't have that chat with their manager, so they don't know what they are doing wrong. The manager wasn't happy with something and I understood that and now we both know how we are feeling.

"We can move on and I have respect for him. He was an amazing footballer himself and now he wants to be the coach that he can be. He is a top-quality coach and still learning about management and his time at Frankfurt has been amazing.

"He wants to get to the top as well, it has been great to learn from him along the way." 

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Hector has played in all but one of Frankfurt's games in their journey to the cup final and he has turned around what could have been perceived as an unsuccessful loan into a good one in recent weeks.

The Jamaica international was required to take a penalty in semi-final against Monchengladbach and he needed the referee to blow his whistle again, after not hearing it the first time. 

"Professionally, it was my first penalty," he continued. "When I went up to the spot, I didn't hear the referee's whistle. I was standing there for quite a while and he blew it again! Everyone on the bench thought: 'Oh god, he's nervous. He's not ready, he's never taken a penalty before.'

"I wasn't actually nervous, I was more nervous watching everyone else take their penalties. I absolutely hate watching penalties. Being part of the shootout isn't a great feeling but to win it was an unbelievable experience. It is one I will remember for the rest of my career."

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