Bremen - He's back - and with pretty impressive numbers: Niklas Moisander had 105 ball contacts on his comeback in the SV Werder Bremen starting line-up on Sunday, and his pass rate was a 1: 1 against TSG 1899 Hoffenheim at a strong 95 percent .
No other player acted so much and safely with the ball on the court.
But the 35-year-old was still not really happy.
He would have liked to win - and the reserve role of the past few weeks has also bothered him.
"It is very difficult for me to understand and accept that, but I do it for the team," said
after the game about the loss of his regular place after the 1: 4 home defeat of
SV Werder Bremen
on the first matchday against Hertha BSC.
Niklas Moisander in his last season at Werder Bremen: The captain has mostly been bench press
In the three games that followed, he was only substituted on in the 1-0 win against Arminia Bielefeld shortly before the end.
For him, the young Marco Friedl (22) was allowed to appear as the new left core central defender.
“We scored when I was gone - and the team is above all else.
But of course I want to play in every game and it's difficult for me
”confessed Moisander after his 110th Bundesliga game for
The Finn's fifth season is probably also the last in Bremen, his contract expires in the summer.
Trainer Florian Kohfeldt decided at the beginning of September, despite Moisander's difficult sporting perspective, to give him the captain's armband for another year.
Knowing full well that if the coach's extended arm just sits on the bench, it will always cause discussion.
Werder Bremen: Niklas Moisander after Hoffenheim game probably against Eintracht Frankfurt in the starting line-up
But the coach always emphasized how important
Niklas Moisander is
for the team on and off the pitch.
“It was very good for me to be able to bring Niklas centrally.
He gave us a very good impetus in terms of football, defended courageously and played very well, ”said Kohfeldt now.
The coach had to change his
after the left-backs Ludwig Augustinsson (thigh strain) and Felix Agu (corona infection) failed.
“It was a special week for us with 'Ludde' injured and Felix tested positive,” said Moisander and stated in the style of a leading player: “We performed well today for that.
We are on the right track, but we cannot be satisfied.
We have to keep working and stay focused. ”This is especially true for himself, because Augustinsson and Agu will again be absent in Frankfurt on Saturday and Moisander will very likely play his 111th Bundesliga game.