Hertha BSC of Berlin started this Bundesliga season with a lone goal against FC Augsburg in WWK arena in Augsburg. The goal scorer was Salomon Kalou through a penalty.He was fouled in the penalty area and he decided to take the penalty kick which he converted.
Salomon Kalou has been subject of criticism for his sub-par performance last season.A player of his caliber was only able to score 6 goals last season. He said,”the Bundesliga is a tough league. The intensity is very high as compared to the premier league. I am trying to do my best to learn better and work hard.”
Kalou adduced that the reason for his poor goals last season was because, “i went to the African cup and played the qualifications.I came in the middle of the season with lots of pressure. My mentality is to improve myself”
Therefore, he is still weighing the options of playing or resigning from the national team. He added,”i have won one Africa cup and played in two world cups.I just turn 30 years old and sometimes, one has to think about the pressure of playing for the national team or focus solely on club football.”
This season, Kalou has started on a high note, with two goals in two competitive matches. He scored, against second tier Arminia Bielefeld in German FA cup last week.
The team supports him and he has the full confidence of the coach. In fact, the coach, Pal Dardai, prophesied that Kalou will score in Augsburg, and he delivered.
Co-incidentally, Kalou has fond memories of playing in Augsburg. He scored in Augsburg last season against goalkeeper, Marwin Hitz, of FC Augsburg.
Kalou also said the team plays with more confidence and create lots of scoring chances compared to last season.
He has promised,”at least to score 15 goals in the season.”
Salomon Kalou has finally arrived in Berlin and through hard work and self-confidence, he wants to make history with Hertha.