First Team

Berra: Underdog Status Suits Us Fine

31st October 2019

Christophe Berra insisted Hearts like their underdog tag as they prepare to face Rangers on Sunday at Hampden.

After the 1-1 draw at Tynecastle just two weeks ago, the Jambos now face Steven Gerrard's side in the Betfred Cup semi-final.

"It will give us a wee break from the league campaign. It's going to be a tough game. We put on a good showing against Rangers a couple of weeks ago at Tynecastle but we know it's a different scenario, different stadium, all that into the mix.

"We'll probably come here as underdogs, there's no doubt on it. But Hearts, we thrive on being underdogs."

The preparation hasn't been ideal for Hearts, who lost 1-0 to St Johnstone on Wednesday night.

"We'll just have to dust ourselves down, look forward to the game, full house, live on television. It's a stage we need to perform on. We need to go out there, looking to win the game and win the game for ourselves, for the fans and for the management team."

The Gorgie side then face St Mirren on November 9th, before heading into the international break.

"If we get a positive result on Sunday, it's building from that. It's not just saying 'alright, we got a good win today, we'll go onto the next game'.

"We'll analyse that, what we did well, what we didn't do well, how we can improve. It's continuous. The next game is the same. What can we do better, how can we get better, that's the mentality and the mindset we need to use."