Werder wants points in Gladbach instead of compliments

BREMEN, GERMANY - JANUARY 27: Florian Kohfeldt, coach of Bremen, points and gestures during the Bundesliga match between SV Werder Bremen and Hertha BSC at Weserstadion on January 27, 2018 in Bremen, Germany. (Photo by Stuart Franklin/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Florian Kohfeldt still has the melody in his ear. “I can remember the goaljingle you play there well,” said Werder Bremen coach in retrospect on 17 September 2016.

One and a half years ago, the former assistant of Viktor Skripnik went with Werder at Borussia Mönchengladbach 1: 4, was then released together with his boss from his duties.

On Friday Kohfeldt returns for the first time as a head coach in the Borussia Park and hopes the Bremer opponent of fear on a better performance – without the scooter hit Maria. “Better three points and not as attractive as Munich in a good performance, but no points,” said the 35-year-old quite pragmatic. After their 2: 4 in the guest appearance at Bayern, the Bremen had received plenty of compliments in January, but nothing countable in the fight for relegation.

Kohfeldt, who thinks his team is on the right path after the important 1-0 draw in the northern derby against arch-rivals Hamburger SV, has clear ideas about their appearance on the Lower Rhine: “We have to have a very high degree of safety in the ball circulation be precise in Gladbach, “he said, warning in particular of the class of Lars Stindl and Thorgan Hazard.

Of the fact that Gladbach despite the 1: 0 last weekend at Hannover 96, in the second half of the table only occupied 15th place, the 35-year-old can not be dazzled: “I see the Borussia as a solid team.”

“We can not stop now”

The Gladbacher, who all won their previous four duels with Werder, in turn, after the end of their dry spell, again want to target the European Cup places.

“We can not stand still now and believe that we have achieved something.This was just the beginning, now we have to go against Bremen necessarily the same,” claimed goalkeeper Yann Sommer regardless of the large list of injuries to the foals, including goalscorer Raffael , Oscar Wendt and Ibrahima TraorĂ©.

The Gladbacher have a lot of respect for their former Scorer-King Max Kruse, whom coach Dieter Hecking knows very well from his time together at VfL Wolfsburg. In the Wolves the Borussia coach put the 14-time national player after his numerous escapades at the end of the season often on the bench.

“Max is an excellent footballer and has recently proven his importance for Werder,” said Hecking but appreciative of the change of the striker, who now counts among the absolute leaders at Werder.

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