Two steps to the werder rescue: “a lot invested”

two steps to the werder rescue: 'a lot invested'

Twice more "all in" for the rescue! After the last-minute jump into the relegation, werder bremen wants to avoid the first relegation in 40 years in the two decisive games against the second division third 1. FC heidenheim finally avert.

"We have invested so much, it has cost so much energy and strength, no one here wants to give it away," said werder coach florian kohfeldt on wednesday ahead of the first leg at weserstadion on thursday (20.30 hrs/DAZN and amazon prime).

After the brilliant 6:1 on the last matchday against the 1. FC koln’s mood has improved considerably at the traditional club, which has been in a constant state of crisis this season. Whereas dreariness and skepticism previously prevailed at the weser, there are now traces of a new euphoria. But this can also become a danger, which is why kohfeldt felt compelled to remind everyone of reality. "We still have our backs to the wall. It’s only about these two games. You can’t correct anything after that," kohfeldt said. "More ‘all in’ (full commitment) is not possible."

Many people in bremen had expected an explosive northern duel against hamburger SV, which has now failed once again. FC heidenheim, tempts many supporters to view werder’s salvation as already perfect. An attitude that kohfeldt rejects for himself and his team. "To anyone who does that, i can only say: be absolutely careful!" Said kohfeldt. "We have not yet achieved anything."

And yet the past weekend has ensured that people in bremen are once again looking positively to the future. The ongoing debate about kohfeldt has largely fallen silent for the time being, and managing director frank baumann was full of praise for the 37-year-old coach, who actually wanted to lead the grun-weiben back to europe this season, but then became partly responsible for a catastrophic season. "You can’t put a high enough figure on your share up to this point," said baumann, commenting on the positive development since the corona recess.

If werder manages to save the game against heidenheim, then the two-month break due to the pandemic will have a large part to do with it. "We weren’t at the fitness level to really compete until the corona break," said kohfeldt. "We were caught in a negative spiral until march," baumann added. But the hanseaten used the break to get the players fit again, which is particularly evident in the new forward trio of milot rashica, niclas fullkrug, yuya osako. It was only against koln that the three attackers, who are so different from each other, were on the pitch together for the first time. "Why this is so will be a rough part of our critical analysis," announced kohfeldt.

But until then, all concentration is on heidenheim with its almost cult coach frank schmidt. He describes the historic opportunity for the club from the swabian east valley to be promoted to the fubball bundesliga for the first time "as a chance of a lifetime".

For werder, on the other hand, it is a "gift" not to have to plan for the second league in these days, but to be able to perfect their stay in the top flight, as midfielder maximilian eggestein put it. "We were away so many times, went through so many valleys this season, got so much justified criticism as well. We definitely want to finish this now," said kohfeldt.

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