Another game? Same result!

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Milot Rashica will want to celebrate against Union Berlin (photo: nordphoto).
preliminary report
Thursday, 06.02.2020 / 18:09

Despite the current difficult circumstances, head coach Florian Kohfeldt described the round of 16 tie against Borussia Dortmund in the Cup as a "great opportunity". Against a team that had won every one of their second round matches to date, scoring at least five goals each time, the Green-Whites fought their way through to the next round.  Two days after their 3-2 victory, it's clear that Werder seized the opportunity. By believing in their own strength, Werder recaptured the football that distinguished them last season. The beauty of the moment will soon be an afterthought, however, if Werder don't carry on in the same way against Union Berlin on Saturday, 08.02.2020 at 15:30 CET. "We have to take this momentum with us, knowing that a completely different game awaits us," predicted Florian Kohfeldt at the press conference. Another game? Doesn't matter, as long as the result is the same!

The squad: It was the only downside of the evening: After a blow to the hip flexor muscle, Davie Selke was forced to leave the pitch as early as the 50th minute. Whether he will be able to play against Union is still questionable. "I would put Davie's chances of playing the game at 60-40," explained Florian Kohfeldt at the press conference on Thursday afternoon. Apart from this, the Werder head coach will be able to reckon with the entire squad that played in the Dortmund match. However, Saturday will come too soon for Philipp Bargfrede, Ludwig Augustinsson and Thedor Gebre Selassie. Only Michael Lang could return to the squad after his return to team training.

Kohfeldt: "Turning the season around"

Florian Kohfeldt wants to see a confident display from his team again (photo: nordphoto).

The head coach on the game: After a magical cup night, SV Werder will return to their tough Bundesliga routine. In Union Berlin, a direct relegation rival arrives on the Weser. "I have great respect for Union's performances this season, for how vehemently they implement their playstyle and always unlock defences," Kohfeldt explained. Werder's defence should not be unlocked, however, especially if they play like they did on Tuesday. "It's important that we go into the games with a different kind of confidence now. We want to get closer on points and turn our season around," said Kohfeldt.

Werder can reward themselves

The last duel: Two reds, three penalties and in the end a relieved Werder team: The away game between SVW and Union Berlin had a lot to offer. After Klaassen was rashly taken off his feet in the Union penalty area, he stepped up to make it 1-0. Sebastian Andersson then equalised with a penalty kick, evening the scores at 1-1 going into half-time. Shortly after the break, Klaassen could have regained the lead with his second penalty of the day, but Werder's number 30 failed to do so. Niclas Füllkrug, however, did his job at the resulting corner and made it 2-1. In a crazy final period, Nuri Sahin and Neven Subotic were sent off the pitch.

Green-white returnees: In Felix Kroos, Anthony Ujah and Sebastian Polter, three former Werder players will return to the Osterdeich on Saturday. While Polter only appeared in Werder's youth teams, Felix Kroos made 65 Bundesliga appearances in SVW garb. In his only season at Osterdeich, Ujah scored 11 goals in 32 appearances.

Christian Groß made his starting eleven debut in the away fixture (photo: nordphoto).

Debutante's ball: In the away fixture, two Werder players made their debuts in the starting eleven. One was Leonardo Bittencourt, who was loaned out by Hoffenheim shortly before the end of the transfer period. The other was Christian Groß, who made his debut at the age of 30, after his promotion from Werder's U23 squad to the first team.

Let the corks pop: On Saturday, everything looks set for a large Werder party. After the 121-year anniversary of SV Werder Bremen last Tuesday, there are several days to honour on the weekend. In addition to Fin Bartels, who celebrates his 33rd birthday on Friday, Michael Lang (29) and Christian Groß (31) can also look forward to turning a year older on Saturday. Niclas Füllkrug, meanwhile, will hopefully be able to celebrate his 27th birthday on Sunday with a Werder victory.

The referee: Referee Daniel Schlager from Rastatt will referee the match. The 30-year-old is supported on the sidelines by Sven Waschitzki and Arno Blos. The fourth official is Patrick Ittrich. Benjamin Cortus and Marco Achmüller are on duty as video assistants.

Compiled by WERDER.DE and opta

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