The coach’s pre-match thoughts: It hasn’t been an easy week for Florian Kohfeldt and his side by any means, but there is still a “positive sense of excitement” in the Werder camp. The focus for now is solely on reaching the DFB-Pokal final: “This isn’t a Bundesliga game, but a cup semi-final. We have to go into the game with a fresh mindset. We want the lads to play to their strengths,” said the 38-year-old. There’s no denying the quality of the visitors from Leipzig, with SVW having already failed to take a point off them in the league this season. “We know what to expect, so every single player will have to give their best on the pitch. With commitment and the right energy, we hope to achieve something extraordinary in this match.”
The last meeting: It was only three weeks ago, on 10th April, that the sides last faced off on matchday 28 in the Bundesliga. SVW were beaten 4-1 in that home meeting, with Dani Olmo and an Alexander Sortloth brace putting RB Leipzig three up at the break. The Green-Whites improved in the second half and Milot Rashica’s penalty reduced the deficit, but an immediate response from Marcel Sabitzer ended any hopes of a comeback.