“Yes, it’s a pressure game”: Werder has to win once again

Friday night”s match in the fubball bundesliga between werder bremen and fortuna dusseldorf was supposed to be a clear-cut affair. Actually. Because the european cup aspirant from bremen is winless for five games and has personnel problems.

Three days before his 65th birthday. Fortuna coach friedhelm funkel travels to last dusseldorf relaxed despite the situation in the standings.

OUTLOOK: fortuna comes in last and has so far scored only nine points from 13 – in some cases quite decent, in others quite weak – games. Werder is ninth in the table and has twice as many payers. But the bremen have not won in five games. The season’s goal of european cup participation is in jeopardy.

PRESSURE: "yes, it’s a pressure game," says werder coach florian kohfeldt quite bluntly. Head of the supervisory board marco bode demands two more victories from the remaining games until christmas. Since the other opponents are dortmund, hoffenheim and leipzig, this became unlikely without a success against dusseldorf.

PERSONNEL SITUATION: here, werder in particular has a problem: the core interior defense is down. Niklas moisander is yellow-suspended, milos veljkovic is injured. A trio has an infection for this: ludwig augustinsson, claudio pizarro and yuya osako – use unclear. At fortuna, however, head of defense kaan ayhan is fit again.

FORM: fortuna actually seems to be in better shape. Just after a weak phase, the promoted team outclassed hertha BSC 4:1 and scored a sensational point at bayern munchen 3:3, which almost cost FCB coach niko kovac his job. The 0:1 loss to mainz was another defeat, but dusseldorf was clearly the better team in this match. This contrasts with bremen’s five games without a win.

BALANCE SHEET: looks bad for the guests. Out of 22 games in bremen, dusseldorf won only two and that was a long time ago: 1972 and 1977. However, the team from rheinland did not play in the bundesliga for many years in between. For fortuna, the game in bremen is the 800th game of its history. In the bundesliga.

TRAINER’S VOICE: bremen’s coach florian kohfeldt (36) is confident of victory despite the loss: "we want a result and we will also deliver a result. I am very sure about that."Fortuna’s coach, who is almost 30 years old, is quite calm about the matter. "Everything is still decided on the pitch. There, we want to do everything in our power to ensure that the result is not a foregone conclusion," says funkel, who turns 65 on monday.

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