He must be a little masochistic, this Florian Kohfeldt. Before a game that is almost overloaded with fear of relegation and in which his team goes after five defeats in a row with bruised knees, bloody nose and one or the other bump, the SV Werder Bremen coach shows his face full of expectation. "Somehow awesome" he thinks what is waiting for him on Wednesday evening. “It's about a lot, that's nice,” says Kohfeldt before the home game against Mainz 05 (8.30 p.m. in the live ticker of the DeichStube *).
Bremen - If you take your eyes off the table, you could be
by the positive energy that
Florian Kohfeldt shows off
to believe that it is about making it into the Europa League or about goals that are even more tempting. It is
again a game against relegation, against failure.
Kind of cool?
Of course, it is clear what Kohfeldt wants to convey with his attitude: Just don't develop nervous flutter, have pleasure instead of fear.
That is what he wants to set an example with his coaching team.
That is what he wants to see from his players and will even make it the “criterion for the line-up” of SV Werder: “I like these games.
I hope that my players see it the same way and know that it is so.
Those who like games like this will play too. "
Werder Bremen against Mainz 05: Florian Kohfeldt is looking forward to the thrill of the relegation battle
You could also say: if you like games like this, you are in
very good hands
. Because there have been many of these trendsetting games in recent years. Not all of them were won, and Werder's shared history with
Mainz 05, which
very special in this regard,
is already sufficiently told. Now, on matchday 30, the next chapter is being written. And
is looking forward to the thrill. Maybe he can only do this because the foundation of his anticipation is optimism. That optimism that has flown around his ears a number of times, which is sometimes even interpreted by his critics as a window dressing, which nevertheless does not leave him.
Despite or perhaps because of the gloomy prospect that he and his team would set a sad club record with the sixth defeat in a row, he carries the confidence in front of him like the knight his shield: “You don't like any kind of negative records. But I'm absolutely convinced that we don't have to talk about it after the game. ”And even more:“ I hope we'll be talking about a very good season in two or three weeks. ”One in
as well as in Summer set the goal to have kept the class stable.
One can and must have doubts that it will really turn out that way. But you can be sure that a
lot will be decided
. “With a win we would take a giant step. In the event of a defeat, things would get edgy, ”says
interpreting the table, which everyone is already familiar with. Whereby “angry” is a belittling synonym for highly dangerous. Depending on the outcome of the games by Arminia Bielefeld and 1. FC Köln on Tuesday evening, even this term may not be enough to describe Werder's situation correctly. It is better not to let it get that far on your own.
has meanwhile not only struggled with its own football deficits, but also with the burden of five defeats.
Frustration in abundance, you could call it, piled up into psychological baggage.
Kohfeldt knows, of course, that the current series of bankruptcies has not done well.
“But as a professional who wants to play in the Bundesliga, you have to be able to shake that off,” he says.
Werder Bremen against Mainz 05: Florian Kohfeldt demands stress resistance from his players
The impression of the last few weeks was:
can't do it. In the games against Dortmund, Leipzig, Stuttgart, Bayern and Wolfsburg (zero points, 4:14 goals), Bremen made either serious mistakes or entire phases in which nothing came together. That
it will be different
is the aspiration and expectation of the coach. From his staff, who will again include Niclas Füllkrug as well as Ludwig Augustinsson, he not only expects strong legs, but above all strong minds: “It's about being there. It is a clear challenge to the players to take responsibility and have absolute focus in every situation. "
Which could possibly be a really big accomplishment. Because against
a game with maximum intensity. “Mainz will create stress on the pitch - we have to accept that and show a high level of activity ourselves. There will be no rest in this game. It's going to be very important 90 minutes for us, and that's how we will tackle it. ”If not, it would be the worst opposite of“ kind of awesome ”. (csa) *
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