Werder Bremen – Eintracht Frankfurt: Bremen Loss Increases Relegation Pressure (0-3)
In a match dominated by long bouts of inaction, it was Frankfurt who finally broke the deadlock mid-way through the first half. The opener gave way to a multitude of Bremen changes, which unsettled, more than relaxed, the home side – allowing the match to tip in the favor of the visitors.
Tactical analysis and match report by K.T. Stockwell.
Three-straight clean sheets had Werder Bremen riding high. However, only three goals in as many matches was a slightly concerning statistic for manager Florian Kohfeldt. So too was the news neither Leandro Bittencourt, nor Milot Rashica would be available to start against Frankfurt. The injuries forced the young manager to make wholesale changes to the frontline of his 4-3-3 formation: bringing in Davie Selke, Yuya Osako and Fin Bartels. The remainder of the lineup stayed largely unchanged – the lone exception being center-back Miloš Veljković preferred over Sebastian Langkamp.
In the previous round, Frankfurt found a way past a stubborn Wolfsburg side thanks to a late goal from Daichi Kamada and a first half penalty dispatched by André Silva. The duo was rewarded for its efforts with a place in the starting lineup against Werder Bremen. In fact, Hütter seemed so satisfied with his team’s performance over the weekend that he elected to make only one change to his 3-4-1-2 formation: swapping wingback Timothy Chandler for Almamy Touré.
A cagey first half
The weight of the fixture seemed to hang heavily on the two sides through the first 45 minutes . . .