Professionals | 12/04/2018

Stefan Ruthenbeck on Hertha BSC

“A small chance”

1. FC Köln will face Hertha BSC at the Olympiastadion on Saturday. Armin Veh and Stefan Ruthenbeck spoke on Thursday’s press conference about the upcoming match, the spirit in the team, and the conclusion of Ruthenbeck’s contract for the First Team.

Stefan Ruthenbeck spoke about…

  • …the upcoming opponent: “Hertha BSC played a good match against Borussia Mönchengladbach last week and were unlucky to lose. Berlin has a good team, but we were able to defeat them there in the DFB-Pokal last year. We have analyzed the opponent and have seen that we can beat them.”
  • …Saturday’s match: “We know we have an opportunity to pick up three points in Berlin. We have to be more clinical in attack and defend better as a unit. We have to give it everything we got.”
  • …the team spirit: “It was hard at the beginning of the week, but every player in this team still believes. Nobody has mailed it in.”
  • …the squad situation: “The players do not make it easy for me to select a squad. We have not eased up on the training program. We have had some intensive training. Marcel Risse is back and we are discussing whether to take him with us. Jhon Cordoba is on the up and Claudio Pizarro is always an option. Simon Terodde has also looked better.”

Armin Veh spoke about…

  • …the chance to remain in the Bundesliga: “We still have a very small chance. We want to approach the matter so that Stefan will not be asked the same question everyday. We want to make use of our small chance.”
  • …the changing of the head coach position: “We mutually decided that the contract for the head coach position will not be extended past 30 June 2018. We wanted to have clarity. Now we can focus on the last five matches.”
  • …Stefan Ruthenbeck’s future: “Stefan has to decide whether he wants to coach the U19 again. We would be happy to keep him at the club, but he has to make that decision.”

Match Details

  • Kick off in Berlin on Saturday is scheduled for 15:30.
  • 4,000 FC fans are expected to make the trip.


Hertha BSC Press Conference
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Total table
9TSG 1899 Hoffenheim35
101. FC Köln32
111. FC Union Berlin30