Rensing remains upbeat despite defeat
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Cologne goalkeeper Michael Rensing believes yesterday's 3-0 defeat at Hertha Berlin will bring an air of normality back to the club after two straight wins had got some people dreaming.

Rensing feels that there was a bit too much euphoria around the club after a 4-1 win at Bayer Leverkusen was followed by a 2-0 victory over Hoffenheim, and yesterday's defeat was therefore not such a bad thing.

"We have got to be realistic," he told Sky. "We are not Bayern Munich or Barcelona and we cannot expect to win every week."

Nevertheless, Rensing remains pleased with the progress Cologne have made after a difficult start to the season.

The way in which we have been playing football recently has been very good.
Michael Rensing, Cologne goalkeeper

"The way in which we have been playing football recently has been very good," he added. "I still think that we are heading in the right direction.

"We wanted to take the momentum from our last two games with us, but the first half was terrible and the whole team played badly. If we want to take anything out of this game, then it is the second half."

Hertha coach Markus Babbel will gladly take the result and the three points which move his side further away from the bottom three.

"We finally managed to put into practice what we wanted to do in all of our home games this season," he said. "We found the mix between good defending and aggressive attacking and we scored the goals at the right time."