Status: 21/09/2023, 19:14 p.m.
By: Daniel Cottäus
Coach Ole Werner is calling for more patience with the team ahead of SV Werder Bremen's home game against 1. FC Köln (Saturday, 18.30 CET in the DeichStube live ticker). © gumzmedia
Werder Bremen will play against 18. FC Köln on Saturday (30.1 CET in the DeichStube live ticker) at the Wohninvest Weserstadion. Against the still winless "Effzeh", the green-whites want to get their second win of the season. The preliminary report of the DeichStube.
Bremen – At first glance, football coaches Ole Werner and Steffen Baumgart have almost nothing in common. Where one always remains objective and sober, the other can become highly emotional. And while one person makes a state secret out of his line-up week after week, the other reads it out two days before the game when he feels like it. Just like that. Rationality versus explosiveness, control versus declaration of war - this is how the game between Werner's SV Werder Bremen and Baumgart's 1st FC Cologne on Saturday evening (18.30 CET in the DeichStube live ticker) will be a coaching duel of opposites. And yet they do exist, topics that both trainers are equally concerned about at the beginning of autumn 2023. These are problematic issues.
Werder Bremen vs. 1. FC Köln in the DeichStube live ticker: Both teams with a weak start to the season
To see this, a quick glance at the sporting situation, which is neither rosy on the Weser nor in the cathedral city, is enough. While Werder Bremen are twelfth with three points after the first four Bundesliga matchdays, 1. FC Köln ranks 16th with just one point.
"Both teams would like to have more points, that will be visible in the game," said Werder Bremen coach Ole Werner, while Steffen Baumgart, head coach of 1. For both coaches, it's about making up ground in the table with their team so as not to get stuck in the basement early. But for them, it's also about not letting the mood in the environment change.
At the comparatively fast-paced restless 1st FC Cologne, this has always been one of the challenges of a coach, while SV Werder Bremen is traditionally more leisurely in this respect. Which, of course, does not mean that the critical examination of the favorite club is far away from the people of Bremen. On the contrary.
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Werder Bremen vs 1. FC Köln in the DeichStube live ticker: Only five Bremen victories in the calendar year 2023
Ole Werner has won only five of the 2023 Bundesliga games so far with Werder Bremen in the 23 calendar year. 15 defeats and three draws complete the alarming record, which is noticeably testing the patience of fans and parts of the public. In other words, criticism of the coach is increasing. Performances by the team like the one during the 2-4 defeat in Heidenheim logically fuel this.
"It's always our job to block out the things around us a bit and concentrate on the work. We have been able to do this very well in recent years," says Ole Werner, for whom it is essential "that we can assess where we stand in our daily work". In the second year after promotion, which is often described as particularly difficult, the 35-year-old explains the current situation of his club as follows: "It's the case that we still have to work hard for everything."
Werder Bremen vs. 1. FC Köln in the DeichStube live ticker - Ole Werner: "Had a small upheaval in the squad due to late transfers"
Due to the late transfers (Füllkrug, Gruev and Burke gone, Lynen, Deman and Borré here), "we had a small upheaval at a relatively late stage, if you're honest," recalls Ole Werner: "When I look at Cologne, there are also new players, but for a relatively long time. They went through the preparation. We had a bit more movement towards the back." Just so that there are no misunderstandings at this point: When Werner publicly points out something like this, it does not have the character of a justification or even a complaint, no. Rather, he formulates it as an explanation, saying sentences such as: "We just have to take into account that we are in a development that can deliver very positive moments, such as the game against Mainz (Werder Bremen thrilled at times and won 4-0, editor's note), but also such moments as the game against Heidenheim." The latter, of course, does not satisfy anyone in the club. "But we still have to concentrate a lot on development steps in our work with the team." Key points: "As before, the integration of new players. How does this form a hierarchy? How does this form a competition? These are issues that we have to deal with, and all this during ongoing match operations."
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Werder Bremen vs. 1. FC Köln in the DeichStube live ticker: Ole Werner is happy to accept challenges
For Ole Werner, these are challenges that he is happy to accept. Because he and his coaching team have a vision: "That we can play even better football with this team than we did last season." Difficult phases are explicitly taken into account. As is well known, there was no such thing at the start of last season, Werder Bremen instead caused a sensation as a newcomer, which for Werner is closely related to the fact that the squad had remained almost completely together after the direct return to the Bundesliga, so there were no "development steps" with many newcomers that are necessary today.
"We have to be patient, because there will be no other way. But of course we also know that you have to advance developments in professional football as quickly as possible," said the head coach of SV Werder Bremen. His boss, Clemens Fritz, as Werder's head of professional football, emphasized before the home game against 1. FC Köln: "We don't let ourselves be driven by the outside, and we don't walk around naively and underestimate anything. To a certain extent, however, the team still has to find itself."
And yet everyone at Werder Bremen has the ambition to "deliver a top home game at the weekend," emphasized Clemens Fritz: "Because the fact is that we have a team that we really want to play. We knew that there would be difficult phases in the course of the season, but we go through them together and have the necessary calm and patience to work on the issues." If possible, this should bear fruit again on the pitch against 1st FC Cologne. (dco)