On Monday afternoon, the one week training camp in Algorfa will draw to a close. So there’s one last chance to take in the sun before it’s back to the bitterly cold northwest of Germany for SV Werder Bremen. The flight will leave from Alicante airport at 16:50 local time and will take home a Green-White side that has made use of their time on the Costa Blanca effectively. “I think that we’ve made the most of this unusually short preparation period for the Rückrunde the best we can. We’ll only really see how successful it’s been after the first game back,” said Florian Kohfeldt to WERDER.de.
The head coach has a positive take on his team’s performance on the Spanish coast, but still preaches caution. “I don’t want to come across as overconfident. Even if things seem to have gone extremely well, there are always lots of things to talk about and improve upon. We’re feeling good coming out of the camp, especially thanks to the win yesterday, but it’s important that confidence does not turn into cockiness,” says the 35-year-old.
In the quiet hills of Algorfa, the Werder players and staff were greeted with the perfect facilities for a successful training camp. “It was very important to me that we came somewhere quiet to help us focus on what we were there to do. We were able to have lots of 1-on-1 discussions with the players and also analyse how we’ve been getting on by using the video playback facilities they had,” said Kohfeldt. In the eyes of the coach, every player made use of the chance that the training camp gave them, as he praised their willingness to employ all of the facilities that they had at their disposal.
The only slight downsides to the week in Spain were the injuries that lead to the cancellation of the friendly against Royal Antwerp. “The injuries are not too bad and came at a time when we had already worked on all the important things. Every player was able to take part in the tactical sessions,” emphasised Kohfeldt, who came across as optimistic. “Even though each injury has to be evaluated individually, I’m hopeful that every player will be available for the game against Hoffenheim,” said Kohfeldt.
In the case of Thomas Delaney, that will ‘almost certainly” be true. The Dane picked up a knock to his calf, although luckily came away with no structural damage. While the coaches think an Ishak Belfodil return on Tuesday is “highly likely,” however, Aron Jóhannsson must wait and see how his knee injury progresses.