Not a good memory.
In the last Bundesliga season, SV Werder Bremen lost to Mainz 05 with 0: 5 and 1: 3.
The first game initiated the relegation battle, the second almost decided it.
On Saturday (3:30 p.m., live ticker) there will be a reunion under similar conditions.
The preliminary report of the DeichStube *.
Bremen - Of course, this uncomfortable feeling is coming up again.
Those bad memories of two games that he would rather not have seen.
Florian Kohfeldt makes no secret of this because he knows that anything else would be pretty implausible.
SV Werder Bremen will
And there was something ... as it is commonly called ugly.
"Two very, very bitter days", that's what Kohfeldt calls it when looking back at the past season, when his team had lost a lot against Mainz and at the end felt everything.
"Emotionally, I can't quite push these games away, they were too far-reaching experiences for that," admits the Werder coach, for whose club the recent duel with Rheinhessen is once again a trend-setting one.
Initial question: Mainz again as the epitome of Bremen's misery, or this time Mainz finally as an encouragement?
Werder Bremen against Mainz 05: Nine defeats in a row for the green-whites
"It's a game that has a certain importance because it can influence the course of the season," says Kohfeldt, who is at a crossroads shortly before Christmas with his team after nine games without a win and four defeats in a row.
A success at the current table penultimate Mainz, and
would end the Bundesliga year somewhat conciliatory.
"If we had four to six points ahead of the relegation zone at Christmas, that would be a really good result based on our expectations and what is realistically possible," emphasizes Kohfeldt.
In the event of a defeat, however, the opponent would move very close to Werder, which should shake Kohfeldt's arguments from the past few weeks.
After the defeats against the top teams Wolfsburg, Leipzig and Dortmund as well as against the newly promoted Stuttgart, the 38-year-old had praised the fundamental performance of his team - and in fact
Werder Bremen had
not had a chance in any of these games (except the duel in Leipzig).
“We knew beforehand that it would be a difficult phase of the season, but in which we wanted to get a lot more points.
And that's how we played too.
We didn't spare ourselves for four weeks and said: Then there will be the games in which we can score, ”says Kohfeldt.
The black series nevertheless meant that
Mainz 05 will
now be a game in which Werder have to score.
Basically just like a year ago, on December 17, 2019, when the Mainz team came to the Weserstadion - to topple Werder with a 5-0 victory over the relegation place.
Kohfeldt: "In terms of football, maybe the worst half that I've experienced here."
Werder Bremen against Mainz 05: "Whoever shrugs has no chance in this game"
The situation in winter 2020 is not quite as dramatic, but “I can understand that viewed from the outside you can find parallels to last year,” says Kohfeldt.
On the other hand, he sees “very, very many things that are different”.
The headquarters: “Now we have a lot to gain.
We didn't have that any more at that point last year. ”While
Werder Bremen is
currently wobbling, the team has long stumbled back then, which shouldn't be repeated under any circumstances.
"Anyone who is hesitant, who twitches, will have no chance in this game," says Kohfeldt, announcing an "open visor" and wanting to "tactically get out of the thicket": Military metaphors in front of
, which should demonstrate determination.
After all, Kohfeldt would like to leave the Opel Arena smiling after the game - and not nearly as dejected as on matchday 33 of the
felt relegated from the Bundesliga after a 3-1-1 in Mainz.
(dco) Read about it: This is what Werder Bremen's starting line-up against Mainz 05 could look like.
Also interesting: You can watch Werder Bremen's Bundesliga match against Mainz 05 live on TV and in the live stream.
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