Europe is the aim for the new season

Qualifying for Europe is once again on the agenda
From the front: Florian Kohfeldt wants to take his team into Europe (photo: nordphoto).
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Thursday, 15.08.2019 / 13:31

The Green-Whites want to succeed this season in what they narrowly missed out on in the previous year: For the 2019/20 season, SV Werder have once again set themselves the task of reaching European competition. The head coach Florian Kohfeldt and sporting director Frank Baumann confirmed this during the press conference ahead of their Bundesliga opener against Fortuna Düsseldorf.

Werder missed out on 7th place and, therefore, the Europa league by a single point back in May. Over the past few days and weeks, Moisander, Klaassen and Co. have repeatedly expressed their desire to qualify for this competition in the upcoming season. “For me I can’t think of any objective other than Europe”, Davy Klaassen had said. “Europe is the absolute minimum for us. That’s all we can say,” stated newly-named captain Moisander, who added in the press conference on Thursday: “We are aware that it will be difficult but we are absolutely determined to qualify. We are a committed team, which gives us a great chance of achieving this.”


Kohfeldt: “I believe we should reach Europe”

Pure anticipation: Frank Baumann can sense the desire for success in his team (photo: nordphoto).

A clear mark of success has been communicated by all of those responsible within the club. As shown across the previous season, head coach Kohfeldt is convinced that continuous motivation of the players is important, right up until the final day. “We first developed our burning desire to qualify for Europe last season. It was noticeable that the whole team wanted to reach Europe in 2018/19. It wouldn’t be logical to now change our objective. I am completely convinced by our target of reaching a European competition,” said Kohfeldt. 
Frank Baumann also spoke before the Bundesliga opener against Düsseldorf about the importance of setting a clear objective: “After last season, when we narrowly fell short of European competition, both in the Bundesliga and in the DFB Pokal, our target for the new season is once again to finish in the top 7. I see it as a huge advantage that this isn’t an objective prescribed by the board, it is something that everyone within the club is desperate to achieve. Therefore the overwhelming feeling felt by the players is a desire to achieve it, rather than pressure.” At the same time, everyone in and around the club is well aware of how many factors there are that need to come together in order to bring about their return to European football through a sixth or seventh place finish. “This season will be just as difficult as last season; there are lots of clubs that want to achieve this goal. We set a very high standard for ourselves last season, nevertheless we need to ensure that we try to improve our style of football and tighten up our shape in order to give us the best possible chance,” said the sporting director.
At the end of the season, there will once again be certain decisive factors. As well as a strong start to the season, which they can take their first step towards at the weekend, it is important that they don’t drop points against the teams in an around them in the table, something they struggled with last season. 


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