Fitness factor: Bremen self-confidently into the duel with VfL

Bremen (AP) – Florian Kohfeldt does not expect a peat festival and a clear result in the game at VfL Wolfsburg.

“If you look at the starting position of the two teams, it will probably not be a game with three or four goals difference at the end,” said the Werder coach before the game of the draw kings from Lower Saxony and Bremen this Friday (8.30 p.m. / DAZN ). The two Bundesliga clubs already shared the points in five out of eight games this season, only Stuttgart and Frankfurt did so often. Especially with Bremen, this stability is surprising after a chaos season that almost ended with relegation in the summer.

“In terms of points it is very stable and very okay,” said Kohfeldt after the last five times 1-1 in a row – including the impressive draw at Bayern last Saturday. “But I’m not a draw fan, I try to play for a win in the 88th minute if I can.” The Bremen actually did that with the big Bavarians. The match in Munich showed that Werder’s new approach of being more compact at the back and then attacking quickly works better and better and can be successful.

“In my opinion you have learned good lessons from last season,” said Wolfsburg coach Oliver Glasner. «You have a very dangerous offensive in the switching game and make the spaces very tight. It’s difficult to create chances against Bremen. ” That was very different last year when Werder’s defense was extremely vulnerable. After eight games, Bremen had already conceded 17 goals. Now there are ten.

“The main reason is certainly that we are fitter,” said Kohfeldt about the greater stability in defense, to which the offensive players also contribute. After the 1: 4 opening defeat against Hertha BSC, his team internalized to defend as such. First develop defensive stability, then develop offensive automatisms: That is a Bremen motto this season. But how sustainable is the upswing that brought Werder to ninth place with eleven points?

There is some evidence that it is not just a snapshot. The team seems solid and does not allow itself to be disturbed by setbacks and tactical discussions in the environment. Unlike in the previous season, Werder no longer breaks regularly after falling behind. Against 1. FC Köln and SC Freiburg, the Kohfeldt team equalized a 0: 1. Each point also increases self-confidence. The team notices: It is worth working on the defensive. In addition, the offensive around the strong playing Josh Sargent, Leonardo Bittencourt and the weak start Milot Rashica is getting better and better.

Werder has not lost seven games in a row. The SVW could set a curious record against Wolfsburg, who were still completely unbeaten this season: There have never been six 1-1 draws in a row in the Bundesliga. But that would not really be right for Kohfeldt. “I’m actually not that much of a 1: 1 friend,” he said, adding with a smile: “I’m almost a little embarrassed that I’m associated with this series.”

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