Werder’s defence let in 29 goals over the first half of the season. It’s not a stat the Green-White defenders can be proud of, and it isn’t, says Werder’s leader at the back, Niklas Moisander. “We played good football many a time, but it’s the little things in defence like covering counter attacks and pressing up which we have to bring back to our game with more consistency,” says the centre-back.
Travelling to South Africa yesterday will have been a first for many of the Werder players, and a completely new experience, both on and off the pitch. “It feels good to be here”, says Niklas Moisander with a smile. Despite his vast international career and a wealth of experience, the Finn had never yet been to South Africa.
The defeat against FC Bayern was less than 24 hours ago but the analysis of the game has already started. “We needed to play with more courage in the second half,” said Vice-captain Niklas Moisander on Sunday afternoon. “We had too much respect for Bayern in certain periods of the game. That is a very dangerous approach to take against such a good team,” said the Finnish defender.
On Tuesday afternoon, while thirteen Werder players are away with their respective national teams on international duty, a new training week has begun for the rest of the squad at the Weser-Stadion. Philipp Bargfrede trained individually this afternoon and will continue to train alone for the rest of the week. Niklas Moisander has also returned to team training.
Florian Kohfeldt has a lot of difficult decisions to make these days. Philipp Bargfrede and Niklas Moisander have both returned from their respective injuries and are in the mix to start against Mainz. Johannes Eggestein, Florian Kainz and Martin Harnik, amongst others, also performed well in the DFB-Pokal mid-week. Florian Kohfeldt will have a selection headache, but it’s a good problem to have.