First Team

Leading Hearts to Final would be career highlight

12th April 2019

Christophe Berra thinks leading Hearts to a Scottish Cup final would be the highlight of his career as he prepares to take on Inverness in the Cup semi-final on Saturday.

"It would mean everything," Christophe told the media. "It'd probably be the highlight of my career. Hopefully, fingers crossed, you can speak to me on Saturday and have the opportunity to ask again."

The skipper was on the bench in 2006 as Hearts beat Gretna on penalties for their first cup win in eight years. This time, he returns to Hampden with the captain's armband, determined to lead the Tynecastle side to another final.

"Going to Hampden, all the boys are really looking forward to it. Hopefully we get the win that we want. It's a great occasion to be involved [in], the fans haven't been to Hampden in a while, so everyone is looking forward to it."

The Jambos take on John Robertson's Inverness who are currently fourth in the Championship, chasing promotion to the top flight.

"Everyone will naturally see us as favourites because we're in the top league but these games are always difficult and in the previous rounds against Partick Thistle we found it difficult ourselves.

"Our form has been a bit up and down and we know that on the day we need to perform or else it'll be a tough day. On their day Inverness have been in good form, they play good football, we'll respect them and we know how tough it's going to be."

Preparation was slightly hampered after losing the Edinburgh Derby last week, but despite the result the performance was pleasing and Christophe is confident the boys are fired up for tomorrow's game.

"I think getting to a Cup final would make up a little bit. There's no one more disappointed than the players to get beat in that game but it's in the past.

"We can't do anything about it now. Football goes day-by-day, week-by-week and we've got another game this Saturday. The whole country will be watching it and we need to make sure we get a victory."

You can watch all of Christophe's press conference on HeartsTV by clicking here.