Von Lukas Kober
SV Werder Bremen go into the final day of the Bundesliga season as clear underdogs in the race for Europe. The Green-Whites have a chance of qualifying for the Europe League but need to win and hope that Hoffenheim and Wolfsburg both lose their respective matches. However, the situation isn’t complicated according to Dutch midfielder Davy Klaassen, who is available once more for selection after serving his suspension in the 1-0 win against Hoffenheim. In a mixed zone interview on Tuesday ahead of RB Leipzig’s visit to the Weser-Stadion, Klaassen described the current situation as “very clear. We have to win our match. It is as simple as that.”
Klaassen knows the feeling to securing Europa League football and to successfully compete in that competition. “It is simply incredible to play in a European competition. It can help a team and a club so much,” said the midfielder. The 26 year-old has already experienced European football with former clubs Everton and Ajax. Klaassen was part of the Ajax team that reached the 2017 Europa League final but the Amsterdam club ultimately fell to a 2-0 defeat against Manchester United. The Green-Whites have one more step to take before they can think about a European run of their own.
RB Leipzig stand in Werder’s way in the final match of the season on Saturday (15:30 CEST). The visitors will also travel to Berlin just a week later to face FC Bayern München in the DFB-Pokal final. However, Klaassen doesn’t believe this will influence Saturday’s match. “They will be fully motivated to face us on Saturday. It would be a huge mistake to underestimate Leipzig and to think that they won’t put us under pressure,” warns the Dutchman. To end the season on a high, and with possible European football to look forward to next season, the Green-Whites will look to fans to give all their support one last time. “The fans will once more play an important role and will raise us to another level on the weekend. This is something they have done all season.”
If the Green-Whites were to miss out on European football on Saturday then this certainly wouldn’t be a step backwards in the club’s development. Regarding these potential circumstances, Klaassen said: “Of course this would be disappointing but the overall situation going into next season is much better compared with the start of this season.” Werder’s number 30 added: “The atmosphere around the club will be much better for next season. Everyone associated with the club and everyone in Bremen knows that.”