Dardai excited by Hertha progress

Hertha Berlin boss Pal Dardai admits it would be a dream for his side to reach the DFB-Pokal final in their own stadium.

Hertha, who currently occupy third place in the Bundesliga after their 0-0 draw with BVB Dortmund at the weekend, face second division club FC Heidenheim in a quarter-final clash on Wednesday.

Dardai believes it will be a different encounter than what is usually expected in the league but is confident his team can avoid an upset.

“You can’t compare the two as the Bundesliga and the DFB Cup are two different things,” the Hungarian coach said in an interview with Deutscher Fussball-Bund.

“We need to do our job. It’s all or nothing for us in Heidenheim – we need to be completely alert so that we don’t fall victim to an upset.

“I don’t need to do anything. Everyone knows what’s at stake. My team are capable of concentrating – it’s one of our strengths.

“We all dream of going a long way in the cup – for the club, for the fans and for us all. We’re pursuing this dream, regardless of whom we’re facing.

“We have our work cut out in Heidenheim, and we’ll go about it in an dedicated and focused manner. If we do that, we have a very good chance of progressing.”