Pros 16.12.2019 — 15:34 Uhr

Confidence & bravery in Bremen

FSV's final away game of 2019 takes place on the Weser. One look at the table shows that this should be a tasty tie against Werder Bremen.

In last season's clash in the Weserstadion, Bremen came out on top, beating Mainz 3-1.

The DFB’s scheduling has left FSV very little time to ponder over the 4-0 home defeat to Borussia Dortmund. AT 18:30 CET on Tuesday evening, the next tough test takes place, with a match against Werder Bremen away from home. “We accept the challenge and will try to get a result in Bremen”, said Achim Beierlorzer in his press conference on Monday morning.

It’s the second game in a busy week to finish the Hinrunde in the Bundesliga. It is quite a peculiar match-up. It wasn’t only the Zerofivers who lost at the weekend; Werder suffered a heavy 6-1 defeat to FC Bayern Munich in the Allianz Arena. So it is then that Werder are fifteenth in the table, just one point behind Mainz.

“Nobody should be surprised”

“It will be a fascinating tale”, said Rouven Schröder. The Mainz sporting director knows the conditions on the Weser very well; he worked there for two years and knows just what the Zerofivers should expect. “We also have the problem of working out how to get back on track after a big defeat. Werder set a clear goal before the season; getting back into European football. For a few different reasons, it hasn’t gone so well for them. Nonetheless, everyone has to understand that an unbelievable crowd awaits us there. They will push and ignite the team, in order to get the three points”, Schröder explained.

“Nobody should be surprised if it is a fiery atmosphere tomorrow. I think that we have to show confidence in order to put pressure on our opponents. Because Werder aren’t going too steadily at the moment either. So we need to have a good game, if we do then anything is possible. As the away side, we have the chance to not only go there are draw, but to win.”

Beierlorzer sees it similarly. “it is hugely important that we get some points in these last two game before Christmas. Bremen have adjusted their goals and are now fighting relegation. We have to work to stop that. It is all still to play for in both matches, but we have to put in two great performances and we have to play with intensity.”

The morning after the defeat against BVB, Beierlorzer took his team straight into analysis of the game. “We did ok at the start of the match and at the beginning of the second half. We have worked on the other aspects of the game”, the 52-year-old said. Dortmund and Bremen are hardly comparable. New challenges await the Zerofivers in Bremen. “We know exactly what’s coming”, the Mainz head coach emphasised. Beierlorzer has made special demands of his players and took another training session today.

St. Juste suspended

“We need to cut down the spaces well in order to shut Bremen down.” Florian Kohfeldt’s side remains one of the most flexible teams in the Bundesliga, easily adapting from a five-at-the-back formation to a midfield diamond. “They adapt to each opponent. Possession is the name of their game, the look for controlled build-up. We want to break up their possession, start well and want to be tricky customers. We want to counter quickly and also show our quality on the ball”, said Beierlorzer. “However, the most important thing is that we are confident. And we can be; we won in Hoffenheim and the team showed that they are capable of it. The players need to trust in their own abilities and be brave in Bremen.”

Jeremiah St. Juste will not be available for selection; on Saturday, he picked up his fifth of the season and is therefore suspended. Karim Onisiwo, who missed the Dortmund came due to a knee injury, is still a doubt.