The showdown against Bayern

 
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Zlatko Junuzovic (right) and his teammates will do all they can to aggravate in-form Bayern Munich.
 
FC Bayern Munich are the crème de la crème in the Bundesliga at the moment. After improving their roster with Javi Martínez (transfer fee about 40 million), Mario Mandzukic (about 13 million), Xherdan Shaqiri (about 13 million), Dante and Claudio Pizarro (both free of transfer), Bayern won their first five league matches this season and sit comfortably atop the Bundesliga.

Werder head coach Thomas Schaaf realises this. "They are playing strong as a team. At the moment, it's difficult to find something negative with Bayern," said the coach. Still, Munich internally remain grounded as they have learned from going title-less in the past two seasons. "Euphoria is uncalled for," said board chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge. "We must remain calm and continue to play committed football." Team captain Philipp Lahm also warned his teammates about getting too high. "Last year we gave away too many points in the league because we were not consequent enough. That will not happen to us again," said Lahm.

 
What a game: Mesut Özil (right) helped Werder to a historic 5-2 victory in Munich in 2008. What a game: Mesut Özil (right) helped Werder to a historic 5-2 victory in Munich in 2008.

Special match for Pizarro and Petersen

But who can stop Bayern? The next team to attempt it is Werder Bremen. "It will be a very, very difficult match for us. But we can prove ourselves," said Schaaf. The Green-Whites have held their own against the Munich side in the past as Bayern have lost more often against Werder than against any other Bundesliga team. But Werder have struggled of late with the last Bremen victory dating back to a 5-2 win in Munich in September 2008. Scoring for Bremen back then were Markus Rosenberg (twice), Naldo, Mesut Özil and Claudio Pizarro. Quite a lot has happened since then.

Four years later, two players in particular stand out besides Munich's ensemble of stars - Nils Petersen and Claudio Pizarro. Petersen was sent on loan from Bayern to Werder to help Bremen's attack. But the match will not have nearly the emotional impact for Petersen as it will for Pizarro. The Peruvian played a total of seven years for Werder and left in the summer from Bremen to Munich (just like in 2001). Now the new record-holder returns to Weser Stadium in his new kit. By getting subbed in mid-week against Wolfsburg, Pizarro set the mark for most Bundesliga appearances by a foreigner with 337. The Green-Whites hope Pizarro and his teammates have nothing to celebrate on Saturday as the points should remain in Bremen.

 
Bundesliga, Season 2012/2013, Game day 6, 2012-09-29, Weserstadion
 
SV Werder Bremen
(0 - 0)
0 - 2
FC Bayern München
 
 
Goals
 
 
0 - 1 Luiz Gustavo (81')
 
0 - 2 Mandzukic (83')
 
 
 
 
Bookings
 
Sokratis (14')
 
Arnautovic (80')
 
Schweinsteiger (38')
 
Luiz Gustavo (40')
 
 
 
 
Substitutions
 
Füllkrug for Elia (59')
 
Akpala for Petersen (77')
 
Bargfrede for Arnautovic (87')
 
Mandzukic for Pizarro (58')
 
Shaqiri for Kroos (58')
 
Javi Martínez for Schweinsteiger (75')
 
 
 
 
Notes
 
Referee: Michael Weiner
 
Audience: 42100
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Mielitz
 
 
 
 
Prödl
 
 
 
 
Fritz
 
 
 
 
Gebre .
 
 
 
 
Sokrat.
 
 
 
 
Elia
 
 
 
 
Hunt
 
 
 
 
Arnaut.
 
 
 
 
Junuzo.
 
 
 
 
De Bru.
 
 
 
 
Peters.
 
 
 
 
Neuer
 
 
 
 
Boateng
 
 
 
 
Badstu.
 
 
 
 
Lahm
 
 
 
 
Dante
 
 
 
 
Kroos
 
 
 
 
Müller
 
 
 
 
Schwei.
 
 
 
 
Ribéry
 
 
 
 
Luiz G.
 
 
 
 
Pizarro
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
SV Werder Bremen
FC Bayern München
 
8
 
 
Shots total
 
 
19
 
 
2
 
 
Shots on goal
 
 
5
 
 
5
 
 
Shots not on goal
 
 
9
 
 
1
 
 
Blocked shots
 
 
5
 
 
2
 
 
Corners
 
 
6
 
 
16
 
 
Crosses
 
 
15
 
 
34.7
 
 
Ball possession in %
 
 
65.3
 
 
54
 
 
Won challenges in %
 
 
46
 
 
295
 
 
Passes
 
 
581
 
 
77
 
 
Successful passes in %
 
 
87
 
 
14
 
 
Fouls
 
 
17
 
 
1
 
 
Offside
 
 
4
 
 
 
 
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