"Taking the right direction"

26.07.2012, 09:03:34 Uhr

Eljero Elia celebrates his goal with set-up man Zlatko Junuzovic.
After a 1-0 victory over Scottish club FC Aberdeen, SV Werder Bremen remained undefeated in their five test matches of the on-going preparations. And head coach Thomas Schaaf was correspondingly positive after the game. "I am very satisfied. The team performed very motivated, played well in attack and didn't allow anything in the back. Altogether it was another step forward today," said the coach.

Goal scorer Eljero Elia was also positive after the game. "We played very well especially in the first half. Our pressing worked very well and we stood well in the back," said Elia. The 25-year-old did not want to overestimate his 1-0 game-winning goal. "Of course every goal gives you confidence, but the goals in the Bundesliga and the German DFB Cup are the important ones. These games are mainly useful that I can really get fit. That is my goal. I played a while today, I was happy about that."

Marko Arnautovic and Zlatko Junuzovic got past the FC Aberdeen defence. Marko Arnautovic and Zlatko Junuzovic got past the FC Aberdeen defence.
Sebastian Mielitz's commented afterwards: "We kept a clean sheet and won, we can be satisfied with that. Of course we have to continue to improve in the fine-tuning and passing game, but we are taking the right direction." Manager Klaus Allofs also said the team was going in the right way. "That was a good performance and a further development. We created a lot of chances and didn't allow much in the back. The only thing missing was the second goal," said Allofs. "What you definitely can clearly see is that the team is working with a lot of passion and motivation and that everyone wants to achieve something together."

Still, the Green-Whites have a lot of work ahead of them in the coming weeks. "We have worked well in the last few weeks but we still have a lot ahead of us. In the coming days we will work on liveliness, passing game and set pieces," said Schaaf looking forward. Captain Clemens Fritz believes the team needs to improve on converting their chances and the final pass.


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