Bremen form surprises Schaaf
Werder Bremen coach Thomas Schaaf admitted his side are
struggling more than he had expected following a 1-0 defeat at home
to Augsburg on Saturday.
That result left Bremen nervously looking over their shoulders
at the battle for survival rather than challenging for a place in
Europe, and while Schaaf says he never expected it to be an easy
season, he had not quite imagined it being so difficult.
“We’ve got to be realistic and we knew what kind of a season we
were going to be up against, but certainly we had not planned on
this today or the defeat in Munich,” he said.
“They should not happen either, but we are really struggling
“We put the effort in, but we just weren’t united enough.”
Bremen midfielder Zlatko Junuzovic said the time has come for
the team to regain their focus and let their actions speak louder
“That’s enough talking,” he said.
“So much discussion goes on here, but we need to concentrate on
our performances and ensure that we get back to playing normal
football like in the first half of the season.
“We need to bring the enjoyment and the pleasure back into our
football. We are making our lives difficult for ourselves.”
And the club’s new director of sport Thomas Eichin expressed his
disappointment at an abject performance which he did not expect to
see from such players.
“We have players here who have higher expectations of
themselves,” he said. “They have now got to show this on the
“We must play differently to this in a home game. Everybody has
got to ask themselves questions.”
The defeat left Bremen just seven points above their opponents,
who currently occupy the relegation play-off berth.