Hertha President Kay Bernstein hopes for a better end in the Berlin derby after his club's cup defeat. "Now we have to straighten our crown again and look ahead - to Köpenick - and do it better there," said the 41-year-old of the "Bild" newspaper with a view to the Bundesliga opener at Union Berlin on Saturday (3:30 p.m. / skies). "In the derby we still have to make more yards. It was a good 60 minutes in Braunschweig, but after the 2-0 lead we were perhaps a little too sure - that was my feeling. We suddenly made too many mistakes. In Köpenick we have to march for 90 minutes," said Bernstein, who watched the game in Braunschweig from the stands.
The Berliners failed on penalties at second division promoted Eintracht Braunschweig on Sunday and had previously lost two leads. But like coach Sandro Schwarz, Bernstein also saw a lot of positive things in the team's performance: "Our players created more chances to score in the cup than they have in a long time. We saw where the path could lead. A Dodi Lukebakio had, for example really keen again, that gives me hope - also with a view to the future and to Köpenick."