The right reaction

Ole Werner speaks at the press conference ahead of the home match against 1. FC Union Berlin

First Team
Tuesday, 24.01.2023 / 14:55

SVW host 1. FC Union Berlin on Wednesday evening (20:30 CET) at the wohninvest WESERSTADION. Their first home game of 2023 is also the last game of the first half of the season, which the Green-Whites want to finish in a positive way. Head coach Ole Werner spoke on Tuesday evening about the task ahead against Union, who sit third in the table.

It took 26 minutes for Ole Werner to be asked a question about the upcoming opponents. The 7-1 defeat against 1. FC Köln was the talking point, and the media were mainly interested in how Werder came to terms with the defeat. “It’s important for us to look ahead now,” stressed Werner. “But we have to maintain our way of working, and ask the necessary questions, but not overturn everything that we are about.”

As always, his team went over the match the day after in training and then began preparing for their next opponent. “We can’t replay the game, but just draw our own conclusions from it,” said Werner. “We will field the eleven players that we believe have the best chance of winning the game. We are also not looking to just draw a line there, but use training, match and long-term performance, as well as tactics.

Their opponents are again proving a top side and they sit in third place at the moment. “They are a team that plays physically and unpleasantly and are rightly near the top,” admitted Werner. “This game is important for us as a group, but it is also important that we move on afterwards and prepare for the next match. We need to react to matches in the right way, and that now means that we need to improve considerably.” The 34-year-old, however, sees this home game as a great chance: “The fact is that we can end the first half of the season with 24 points, which is enough to motivate us all.”

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