Relegation battle is a psychological test

Milos Veljkovic interview

Milos Veljkovic wore a special mask for the cup semi-final (nordphoto).
Milos Veljkovic wore a special mask for the cup semi-final (nordphoto).
First Team
Tuesday, 04.05.2021 / 15:14

After the 3-1 defeat to Union Berlin, everyone knew that a different approach would be needed as the club plays for survival in the final three matches of the season. Werder Bremen already showed more fighting spirit during the cup semi-final against RB Leipzig: “In training we have played a lot of football this week, we’ve put in work on challenges. Everyone wants to show that he should play. There’s also been a bit of focus on tactics but it’s more on getting into the tackles,” said Milos Veljkovic on Tuesday. That bite to the tackles is important for the Werder players’ mentality.

In the Pokal tie against Leipzig, the Green-Whites showed that heart out on the pitch once again. Even if the match was lost in the final minutes, the team were unlucky and can take important confidence from the game. “We can take some positives from the game and now we need to take momentum on board to stay in the league. We need the same fighting spirit for our next game.”

Our next opponents are sixth-place Bayer 04 Leverkusen. The focus has entirely been on our own performance in order to bring the necessary heart and fight out onto the pitch. “They are obviously a team who are mixing it near the top. They are in good form but it’s up to us and how we play. We need the same strength and desire that we showed against Leipzig. The relegation battle will be a psychological one as well. We are aware of that.”

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