Very important game in the relegation battle: SV Werder Bremen will play against 1. FC Köln on matchday 24 in the Bundesliga and finally want to confirm a good performance.
The preliminary report of the DeichStube *.
Bremen - There was a time when it was 19 years ago when
and Boris Becker were - yes, you read that right: Boris Becker, the tennis legend, the three-time Wimbledon winner - briefly quite close to each other.
When Becker stopped in Bremen in spring 2002 with his “Boris Becker Sports Gala”, the Bundesliga team did not hesitate and sent prominent staff to a tennis exhibition in the town hall.
Goalkeeper Frank Rost and defender Frank Verlaat enjoyed a celebrity double, in which they were joined by former tennis greats Henri Leconte (Verlaat) and Mansour Bahrami (Rost) one day after a 3-0 win over Schalke 04 Side were put.
A lot of fun for everyone involved, and although it has not been passed down, it is by no means ruled out that Florian Kohfeldt was among the 3,000 spectators at the time - after all, today's Werder coach is an ardent tennis fan, which is how this text made the leap would have taken place in 2021.
Werder Bremen will
1. FC Köln
on Sunday from 3:30 p.m. (
live ticker of
- and in the run-up to the game it was suddenly about: Boris Becker.
Werder Bremen: Match point in the relegation battle against 1. FC Köln?
Florian Kohfeldt says no
Briefly on the initial table, because it provides the context for the Kohfeldt quote that follows.
Bremen are twelfth with 26 points, while Effzeh is five points and two places worse.
Ergo: With a win
Werder Bremen could take
a big step towards rescue, towards
, because the team would score points itself and weaken a rival.
Kohfeldt was therefore asked on Friday during the press conference before the duel whether the game was not even a kind of match point for his team.
His answer was clear.
Boris Becker once said that there is only one decisive ball in tennis, and that is the match point because it can be over afterwards.
And no matter what happens on Sunday in Cologne or on Wednesday in Bielefeld, nothing is over for us after that, ”said the Werder coach, which is undoubtedly correct.
Even with two wins, the salvation would not be in the bag with ten remaining games, and with two defeats the crash would at least be manageable in tabular form.
doesn't change anything about Kohfeldt's goal before the duel in the Rhein-Energie-Stadion: "We as
want to show that we can play games like this and don't always let these chances pass us by."
Werder Bremen finally want to confirm their good impression from the last game against 1. FC Köln
In fact, after the convincing and surprising 2-1 win over Eintracht Frankfurt, Werder has once again reached a critical point.
Now it is time to add more.
The team often shows a strong reaction after bad games (like after the 0: 4 against Hoffenheim at home against Frankfurt), but often they can't confirm this impression after good games.
that this should finally be over.
“We also have to note that we have already been one or two times at this point.
Now I want to see that we have learned something, ”emphasized the 38-year-old.
And further: "We are not allowed to go around in circles, keep having a game like we did against Frankfurt and then say after the next game: Oh, now we could have moved away."
Werder Bremen has already won a very important game in the relegation battle against 1. FC Köln
After all, after the encounters with
1. FC Köln
and Arminia Bielefeld, there were "a number of top opponents" on the Bremen schedule, which is evident from names like FC Bayern Munich (March 13), VfL Wolfsburg (March 20) and RB Leipzig (10. April) is by no means an exaggeration on the part of the trainer.
If the Cologne game is not a match point for
, then given the tough program that follows in the weeks after, it is at least a kind of extremely important service game, a break opportunity to hit the tennis tenor again at the end .
In the summer of 2018,
and Becker got to know
personally during the French Open. "That was very impressive," reported the Werder coach, whose career has so far included exactly three "match ball games" in the Bundesliga according to Becker's definition: the relegation second leg in Heidenheim, shortly before the match on the 33rd matchday in Mainz, after which Werder did not relegate despite a defeat - as well as this long legendary last home game against, exactly:
1. FC Köln
, in which a defeat would have meant going to the second division. Werder won it with a 6-1 win, in keeping with tennis standards and in style. (dco) Also interesting: This is how you see the Bundesliga match Werder Bremen against 1. FC Köln live on TV and in the live stream.
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