The head coach on the game: Bayer Leverkusen currently sit in third place in the Bundesliga table and their quality is no secret. “We’re expecting a very counter-attacking team with a lot of pace, individual quality, and good play in the middle of the park,” said Florian Kohfeldt. However, Werder’s coach also sees opportunity in the playing philosophy of counterpart Peter Bosz. “Their system is bit risky at times and leaves openings for opponents that you can take advantage of.” It’ll be important that Werder make the most of such openings if the Green-Whites want to take anything from the game. “We’ll need to play with a lot of bravery to make the most of our opportunities,” stated Kohfeldt.
The last meeting: On 18th May 2020, all eyes were on the Bundesliga for the restart after the coronavirus break. Werder welcomed Bayer Leverkusen to the wohninvest WESERSTADION as both teams got their first experience of playing in front of empty stands. The visitors took the lead before Theodor Gebre Selassie equalised in the 30th minute. The ‘Werkself’ netted again shortly after through Kai Havertz (33’) before inflicting a bitter 4-1 defeat on Kohfeldt’s team. Despite this setback, it shook the Werder players into life and they took three points in the following game against SC Freiburg. The first meeting last season was a fiery contest that ended 2-2 in Leverkusen, whetting the appetite for Saturday’s clash.