Status: 07.12.2023, 18:26 PM
By: Malte Bürger
SV Werder Bremen will host FC Augsburg on Saturday (15:30 CEST in the DeichStube live ticker) and will be looking to show a reaction after the poor performance in Stuttgart. © gumzmedia
SV Werder Bremen will host FC Augsburg at the Wohninvest Weserstadion on Saturday (15:30 CEST in the DeichStube live ticker). After only one win from the last eight games, Bremen have to show a reaction - the preliminary report of the DeichStube.
Bremen – The situation seems familiar. After all, SV Werder Bremen has experienced something similar several times this season. A total of three times it threatened to become a little more uncomfortable in the table - and always the course correction should and had to come in the following home game. Against Mainz, Cologne and Union Berlin, the plan worked, and Werder gave themselves the breathing space they needed with victories. Air that has now become thinner again. The relegation place is only two points away. Now FC Augsburg comes to the Wohninvest Weserstadion (Saturday, 15:30 CET in the DeichStube live ticker), against whom they urgently need to deliver again.
"We're not happy with the points we have. We had unfortunate games, but also games in which we just didn't play well," said Ole Werner on Thursday, probably thinking in particular of SV Werder Bremen's poor performance at VfB Stuttgart last matchday, which made many fans doubt the quality of the team. Nevertheless, Werner is optimistic about the future: "It's certainly a completely different game to last week, because it's a team that is looking for a way forward from the outset with straightforward and many long balls and doesn't come along with passing relays," he said ahead of the home game against FC Augsburg. "You're automatically involved in tackles, which they're looking for."
Werder Bremen vs FC Augsburg live ticker: Augsburg unbeaten in six games
After an unsuccessful start to the league, Augsburg have now worked their way up. This upswing is closely associated with the name Jess Thorup. Since the Dane was installed as coach, the Fuggerstädter have not lost and have picked up three wins and three draws. As a reward, FC Augsburg are ninth in the tableau. "It's a club that knows pretty well how it wants to play football and gets the right players for it," praised Ole Werner, who in return directly refuted the assumption that this circumstance does not exist at the Osterdeich. "We also have the right players. Nevertheless, there are always things that can be improved and developed." According to Ole Werner, Augsburg have another advantage: "On the one hand, they are always underestimated by everyone around them, but on the other hand, they have been in the Bundesliga for so long that – although they are still perceived as outsiders – you have to say: They have substance in the club and an opportunity to that other clubs no longer have." And the head coach of SV Werder Bremen added full of respect: "They use it very cleverly."
Werder Bremen vs FC Augsburg live ticker: Clemens Fritz has full confidence in the team
At Werder Bremen, on the other hand, there is a problem. Where in the first half of the pre-season there were still phases of enthusiasm, the team is now missing a lot. Werder's head of professional football Clemens Fritz, who celebrated his 43rd birthday on Thursday, admitted that this deficit is also homemade. "None of us are satisfied. We would all have liked it to be different," he stressed. "But our hands were tied to a certain extent in the summer because we had to sell first and then buy. As a result, many transfers only took place on the last two days." A difficult birth, the aftermath of which can still be felt today. "It's a situation that's never easy. We knew that last year as well, which is why it was so important for us to keep the team together in order to be well-rehearsed early on. We didn't manage to do that this year, you have to say that very clearly," admitted Fritz, who also added: "When I see the quality we still have within the team, then I have complete confidence in them."
It is precisely this proof that the Bremen team must now prove. There is not much time left until the short winter break, after the home game against FC Augsburg the games against Borussia Mönchengladbach and RB Leipzig await SV Werder Bremen. Something countable is needed quickly – but that's not as easy, as the course of the season so far has proven. "These are important games until the end of the year, but on the other hand you can also see a certain balance of power in the league, which is quite clearly reflected in the table," explained Ole Werner. "A lot of teams find it extremely difficult to pick up points. You also know how important every single point is."
Werder Bremen vs FC Augsburg live ticker: Bremen have lost four of their last five matches against FCA
There haven't been too many of them against FC Augsburg in the recent past. Werder Bremen have lost four of their last five duels, and the South Germans have become something of a feared opponent for the Green and Whites. At times it was quite heated on the lawn. Perhaps it is precisely this emotionality that is now helping Werner's team to show the desired reaction against Augsburg to what they have missed recently. "It's the way they play: with a high level of passion and intensity. It's always uncomfortable to play against them. At home and away," underlined Clemens Fritz, adding: "There is always a certain tenacity, and it's important for us to adopt this style of play. We have to be on the pitch from the very first minute, support each other together, help and protect each other."
So that it doesn't get really uncomfortable again in the table. After all, staying in the league is at stake. That's what it's all about. "We are all aware of the situation, but we also have the ambition to pull ourselves out of it piece by piece," said Clemens Fritz. Against FC Augsburg, the players of SV Werder Bremen should show that they have indeed internalized this idea. (mbü)