The Ghanaian international reflects on his league return to The Old Lady after 14 years
Hertha Belin midfielder Kevin-Prince Boateng has expressed his disappointment after losing on his return to the Bundesliga action for the club following Sunday’s 3-1 defeat in Cologne.
Fourteen years after leaving the club for Tottenham Hotspur, the 34-year-old, who returned to the club in June, completed his return with 59 minutes of action on the first day of the German elite league.
Stevan Jovetic scored first points for the visitors at RheinEnergieStadion, but goals from Florian Kainz (two) and Anthony Modeste for the Billy Goats turned things around.
“Of course I was hoping that my return would be different. We had high hopes for this game, but we did not live up to it, “said Boateng after the game, as reported by his club’s Official Website.
“We did well the first half hour, but after the equalizer we fell apart a bit and never got into the game again.
“We do not have the courage and confidence to get to Cologne, which could play with their fans right behind them.
“I do not think it was a mistake for their equalizer. It seemed a bit rough, but Modeste only used his experience in this situation. I’m not a fan of inflating too much and I trust the officials anyway.
“There were some positive points. After all, we still have 33 games to play. We all have to play our part and now achieve the victory in front of our fans against Wolfsburg. ”
It was an emotional return for Boateng as he returned to the Bundesliga action for Hertha, the same club where he made his professional debut as a footballer in 2005 and played until 2007 when he joined Tottenham Hotspur.
He has also played for Borussia Dortmund, Portsmouth, AC Milan, Schalke 04, Las Palmas, Eintracht Frankfurt, Sassuolo, Barcelona, Fiorentina, Besiktas and more recently Monza in the Italian second division.
Boateng got a starting role on Sunday, and for a moment it looked like it would be a happy return for the Ghana player, when Matheus set up Cunha Jovetic in the fifth minute for the opening camp.
However, the hosts bounced back four minutes after half-time when Modeste surpassed his goal to get Jan Thielmann’s lead into the spot.
Kainz then showed his abilities with a quick double play in three minutes to put Cologne ahead 3-1.