No doubt about the success

Pre-match report ahead of the Dortmund game
At SVW, nobody doubts that they can win in Dortmund (photo: DFL).
preliminary report
Thursday, 26.09.2019 / 18:22

Von Lukas Kober

Hardly any team in Germany has as much individual quality as Borussia Dortmund. Playing last year’s runners-up will be one of the hardest tasks we face this season" in the Bundesliga, said Florian Kohfeldt looking ahead to the upcoming challenge on Saturday (28/09/2019, 18.30 CEST) Nevertheless, it’s not exactly been plain sailing this season for BVB, who recently dropped points in Frankfurt after leading twice in the game, and after the match, many were questioning the mentality of the Dortmund players. The Werder head coach isn’t particularly interested questioning the upcoming opponent because he only wants to concentrate on his team, which wants to win over more than 80,000 spectators with its "incredible self-confidence" in Dortmund.

The personnel situation: It took a while, but Florian Kohfeldt was finally able to talk positively about the personnel situation at the matchday press conference on Thursday afternoon. Milot Rashica, who was already back in the squad against Leipzig, is "definitely a candidate to start," confirmed the head coach. "We have kept calm and are now increasingly happy with each player we get back." Milos Veljkovic and Sebastian Langkamp will also be back in the squad after a long injury break. "Neither will start," Kohfeldt warns. The same goes for Philipp Bargfrede and Ömer Toprak, who have to wait another week to return. Nuri Sahin is back after his suspension from the Union match. The coach simply commented “I like it”, as he thought about the new possibilities he has this week, with a few players returning.

A history of being able to come back

Claudio Pizarro scores to make it 2-2 (photo: nordphoto).

The first Bundesliga victory: It’s 24th August 1963, the first matchday of the newly founded Bundesliga. SV Werder welcome BVB for their first Bundesliga match. The initial euphoria over the premiere match was dampened after just 60 seconds when Timo Konietzka scored the first goal in Bundesliga history and put Dortmund in the lead. But the comeback qualities of Werder are rooted in history: Willi Soya, Arnold "Pico" Schütz and Theo Klöckner turned the game on its head before Konietzka scored shortly before the final whistle to make it 3-2. It was the first victory in the long and successful Bundesliga history of SV Werder - and it certainly won’t be the last against BVB.

 

The last match: Comeback ability. Werder went behind on Matchday 33 of last season and were 2-0 down at half time courtesy of goals from Christian Pulisic (6’) and Paco Alcacer (41’). But Florian Kohfeldt’s men came out swinging in the second half, created chance after chance and kept BVB well out of the game. Kevin Möhwald benefitted from some luck to pull one goal back (70’), then Claudio Pizarro (who else?) scored the equaliser (75’) and the stadium erupted. Both teams fought to get the winner during the heated closing stages of the match but neither side was successful. Both teams would rue missing out on all three points as Dortmund were narrowly beaten to the league title and Werder failed to qualify for the Europa League.

Raising our own game

Kohfeldt: “One of our toughest challenges” (Photo: Nordphoto)

The head coach on the upcoming match: “Alcacer, Reus, Sancho, Witsel, Hummels – BVB have unbelievable quality in every position.” Florian Kohfeldt has a lot of respect for Werder’s ‘brutally tough” upcoming opponents. With tremendous individual talent and the ability to make changes to the team without compromising their quality, Borussia’s playing style is “very variable.” Moreover, under head coach Lucien Favre, Dortmund have formed a defensive unit that is difficult to break down. However, the green-and-white’s head coach already has a clear idea of how it might be done: "We have the chance to position players behind the defensive line to force them to drop deep." The decisive factor will be whether the Bremen boys can raise their own game. “Everyone has to give 120 percent,” emphasises Kohfeldt, adding: “I have no doubt that we are capable of getting a win.”

Deniz Aytekin will be in charge of the game. Christian Dietz and Eduard Beitinger will be his assistant referees and the fourth official will be Frank Willenbourg. The VAR officials are Benjamin Brand and Christian Leicher.

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