Matteo Guendouzi scored the first goal of his loan spell, and the first league goal of his career, in a Hertha BSC draw on Saturday.
It hasn’t taken long for Guendouzi to become a nailed-on starter for Hertha, appearing in their lineup for the last five games consecutively. On Saturday, he rewarded that faith with a very nicely-taken goal against Gladbach.
Finding space at the edge of the box, Guendouzi curled one into the top corner, before celebrating as if even he was surprised it went in.
Mattéo Guendouzi’s goal for Hertha Berlin today. pic.twitter.com/jglCrvnUXP
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Guendouzi isn’t exactly a regular goalscorer. In 88 appearances in the Bundesliga, the Premier League, Ligue 1, and Ligue 2 before Saturday, he scored zero goals. In fact, he’s also only assisted four, so he definitely does his best work in deeper areas.
But the fact he has a goal and an assist in his first six games for Hertha is encouraging. If he can add that to his game regularly, it will definitely help his career.
Speaking after the game, Guendouzi admitted he was glad to get a goal against such a tough opponent.
“Absolutely! I am very happy to have scored,” Guendouzi said. “Especially against a team like Gladbach who are one of the best teams in the league.
“We wanted to win today, we only managed to get a draw, but we knew that it was going to be a difficult game against one of the best teams in the league, so getting a point is a good thing even if we wanted to win it.”