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

right now.

“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

than words.

“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.