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SV Werder Bremen plays Fortuna Düsseldorf on the 19th matchday of the 2nd Bundesliga on Saturday and wants to continue their winning streak in order not to lose sight of promotion back to the Bundesliga. The preliminary report of the *DeichStube.

Bremen – The timing would have been good, so close to the end of the winter break and with the upswing from the last three wins in a row. Werder Bremen let it pass on Thursday anyway. And quite consciously. During the official press conference before the start of the second division year against Fortuna Dusseldorf (Saturday, 1.30 p.m. in DeichStube-Liveticker), the club once again refrained from setting the direct return to the Bundesliga as a goal for the season. Is called: The word “climb” still leads a shadowy existence on the Osterdeich even in January 2022, certainly wafts through the cabin wing, fitness room and manager’s offices, but it just disappears again as soon as those responsible make a public statement. That won’t change anytime soon, what coach Ole Werner but does not want to be misinterpreted as a lack of ambition. But on the contrary.

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Werder Bremen against Fortuna Düsseldorf – Ole Werner: “I expect a very hot dance”

For the 33-year-old, verbal restraint is a kind of basic prerequisite for actually being able to achieve the unspoken goal in the end. “More than anything, it helps me to see the whole thing in small steps. What situation are we in now? What can we influence directly? In this respect, our first goal is to get back on track after the winter break,” said the coach. He had agreed on this language rule during a meeting with the team council during the week. It’s better not to deliver a big headline with the A-word, but as many small headlines as possible through successful games, which in a few weeks will then focus on the topic all by themselves. Ole Werner: “We want to put ourselves in a position where we can have a say in things when April gets to the heart of the season.” Against Fortuna Dusseldorf will Werder Bremen on Saturday (so you can watch the game live on TV and in the live stream) to start with.

Due to its strong year-end sprint, the SV Werder Bremen fought up to one point in the table for the relegation place. In no case should this just fizzle out again in 2022, but rather be continued. “I’m expecting a very hot dance,” emphasized Werner, who had previously emphasized the opponent’s strengths in detail. But who should also know that Fortuna Dusseldorf, which she had rarely been able to show to advantage during the first 18 games of the season. The traditional club is currently only ranked 13th and can therefore confidently be described as one of the big disappointments of the previous series. Werder is clearly going into the game as a favourite.

Werder Bremen on the way to promotion? Fortuna Düsseldorf a “first, important building block”

“You can feel that my team wants to be successful,” said Ole Werner about his impressions during the winter break. Fortuna Dusseldorf is a “first, important building block” on this path. After that – completely independent of the outcome of the game – a new situation arises, which Werner wants to tackle again in the same way he is now tackling Düsseldorf: “We can’t leave anything to the left or right, we always have to concentrate on the moment.” It’s a credo that, in the coach’s eyes, is just for Werder Bremen there is almost no alternative, “because you don’t know in advance what imponderables you will face. The past six months have shown that here in Bremen.”

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One thing is certain: one of these imponderables is the pandemic, is the corona virus, which has long since caused an unpredictable staff lottery at all clubs. Before the game against Fortuna Dusseldorf are Werder Bremen recent cases (Veljkovic, Friedl, Füllkrug, Mbom) returned in time. But no one knows how things will look in a week or even tomorrow. “I can’t influence it. I can only deal with the situations that may arise as best as possible.” Ole Werner, whose current aversion to the word “rise“Maybe that’s the reason. As I said: First Düsseldorf. After that see further. And in the best-case scenario, have already improved your own position somewhat. “We’re the pursuers in seventh place, because six teams are in front of us and see us in their rear-view mirror,” Werner said soberly – and suddenly he almost spoke of promotion without using the term: “Our job is to to overtake one or the other.” Four teams could be enough in the end. (dco) *DeichStube.de is a joint venture of the media group Kreiszeitung and the WESER-KURIER media group as well as an offer from IPPEN.MEDIA.

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