NEWS: 02.03.2018

Werder Bremen match reaction

Werder Bremen match reaction
Denis Zakaria: “We ought to have come away with three points”

We gathered the reaction from the Borussia camp after Friday night’s 2-2 draw with Werder Bremen.

Lars Stindl: We started well, got an early goal and even grabbed a second before the break. Everything was under control. Losing Denis Zakaria and then Christoph Kramer in the second half hurt us. We had to reshuffle in the middle of the park and we lost our structure a bit. We were a yard off at the critical moments and Bremen have the attacking quality to punish that. We perhaps pressed a little too early in the build-up to the second goal and that left us a player short in the middle. We were probably too keen to get the next goal. The disappointment will sit with us after today, but then we’ll switch our focus to the next game in Leverkusen.

Reece Oxford: We put them under a lot of pressure in the first 20 minutes, but Bremen started better in the second half. It was a difficult game. We gave it our all and really wanted the three points, but we’ve only come away with one, which is obviously disappointing. Next week’s game in Leverkusen will be important. We want to put in a good performance there and bring home the three points.

Denis Zakaria: We ought to have come away with three points today, but we were up against a very good team. For my goal, I saw that the Bremen player’s pass was wayward and luckily I managed to get on the end of it and score. It’s a nice feeling, because I don’t score very often. I was aiming for Bobadilla for the second goal, but luckily the Bremen defender put it in anyway. Sadly, Werder also scored two goals of their own. We have to switch focus to the Leverkusen game now. It will be a very important match.

Dieter Hecking: We started very well and played some great football at times in the first half; we linked up well and had some good efforts on goal. We also put Bremen under pressure, forcing them into long balls. We were looking to get a third goal early in the second half and were unlucky with the Hofmann penalty situation – it’s one that could go your way. However, we then conceded a goal that we should be defending much better. The same applies to the equaliser, where our left-hand side was briefly exposed. We put in a lot of effort today and had chances to score a third, but unfortunately we failed to take them. When you lose important central midfielders like Kramer and Zakaria, it’s a real blow and the team’s structure suffered as a result.

Sporting director Max Eberl: We fully deserved to be 2-0 ahead at the break and actually started the second half well. They got back into the game too easily though. Everyone knows that players like to block one another from set pieces, and Reece allowed himself to be blocked too easily. Bremen had the upper hand after that and we lost our stability after our two defensive midfielders had to come off; Denis was in danger of being shown a second yellow, whereas Chris trapped a nerve in his lower leg and couldn’t run anymore. If you lose two key players in front of your defence like that, the heart of your team is gone. At the end of the day, we have to admit that Bremen deserved a point and looked more of a threat in the closing stages. It’s obviously frustrating not to have gotten the win, and the way we conceded the goals is very irritating.

Werder Bremen coach Florian Kohfeldt: I think we witnessed a very entertaining game tonight, in very difficult conditions. We struggled to deal with Gladbach’s link-up play in the first half and conceded two goals that ultimately were avoidable – we didn’t cover ourselves in glory. We tried to push higher up the pitch in the second half and switched to a diamond. The boys executed it perfectly, and all in all, it’s a deserved point for us.