Hertha Berlin trainer Lucien Favre celebrated his one-year contract extension with the Old lady by overseeing a 2-1 home win at the Olympiastadion.
A double strike by Marko Pantelic
set the capital club on the way to victory, and although the two have not
always seen eye to eye, Favre said that intuition told him to play the Serb
“We deserved to take the lead
at the time and should have gone further ahead through the penalty. We conceded
a goal far too quickly in the second half after doubling our lead,” Favre
put us under a lot of pressure which we were able to deal with. We are of course very relieved and satisfied. My intuition told me to play Pantelic.”
trainer Friedhelm Funkel, who himself is poised to extend his current contract
with the Adler, was left to admit that the better team won.
“Hertha were masters of
efficiency today. They were especially effective in front of goal," he commented.
“Watching us during the first
half, it was plain to see that it was the first game after the winter break. We
lacked aggression, shape and determination.
“All of that returned during
the second half, so I think their victory was somewhat fortunate.”
Mathew Burt, Goal.com