Werder Bremen – Schalke 04: Werder’s Strategy On The Wings Beats Schalke’s Kick And Rush Football (4-2)
The Bundesliga clash between Werder Bremen and Schalke 04 promised to be an interesting tactical battle as the styles of play could not be more different. Schalke managed to dominae the first half with their direct vertical play and posed problems for Werder’s defense. Werder on the other hand opted for a possession-based approach, focusing on the creation of overloads in wide areas. Tedesco’s team largely failed with their approach to stop Bremen’s playmaker and man of the match Max Kruse, meaning Bremen prevailed.
Tactical analysis and match report by Max Bergmann.
For both, Werder and Schalke, this match was all about keeping up with their competitors in the league table. Schalke were in need of points to keep distance to the relegation spots after disastrous 0-3 and 0-4 defeats against Mainz 05 and Fortuna Düsseldorf. Werder on the other hand, were still unbeaten in 2019. Bacause a lot of those unbeaten matches were draws, Bremen were about to lose connection to the spots qualifying for a European competition. Therefore, Werder Bremen aimed at getting the three points to keep the chance of the Europa League qualification.
Werder Bremen manager Florian Kohfeldt set his team up in a 4-4-2 diamond formation. Up top, the mixture of young spirit in the person of Milot Rashica and experience in the person of Claudio Pizarro was expected to lend Werder Bremen penetrating power up front. Captain Max Kruse was lined up right behind the striker duo. In the attacking phase, the German was supported by central advanced midfielders Maximilian Eggestein and Davy Klaassen. Defensive midfielder Philipp Bargfrede was tasked to cover the attacks and stabilise the . . .