The head coach on the game: Florian Kohfeldt is well aware of Werder’s poor run of form against Bayern over the last few years and the quality in Hansi Flick’s squad: “We don’t need to discuss the fact that that Bayern have higher individual quality in their team,” said the Werder head coach. “We’ve played several matches that have been close over the past few years,” he emphasised, “but unfortunately we’ve not been able to keep our focus for the whole match to get something from the games.” Therefore this time in Munich, Kohfeldt has a different aim for his team: “Shut out all the talk around this game! We should be looking forward to competing against the best team in Europe. We’ve only got a shot if they let up a bit and we play with courage and make the most of our chances.” Kohfeldt also emphasised that his team shouldn’t sit back and park the bus. “We have to dare to go out there and play football, not just try damage limitation and clear it every time we have possession,” he continued. In addition to this, the 38-year-old is expecting his team to show even more passion than usual: “These are the games that have an extra bit of buzz around them, and I hope everyone feels the same way as I do. Games like these are why we all love football.”
The most recent meeting: “We were under a lot of pressure three games before the end of last season, but we gave a very good account of ourselves and played well,” recalled Florian Kohfeldt of the last time the two sides met on 16th June earlier this year. SV Werder took the game to the guests for the full 90 minutes and almost equalised through a Yuya Osako header at the death, but Manuel Neuer was on hand to prevent Werder coming away with a point. Robert Lewandowski’s 43rd minute goal sealed FCB’s victory and the Bundesliga title for the Bavarians.