With the clear 4-1 win against the Berliners in the end Hertha made Werder Bremen a really big step forward on Saturday evening. Despite the clear success, there were some bad news for coach Florian Kohfeldt. By the way, an ex-Berliner made small headlines.
For Davie Selke, the motivation on Saturday wasn’t a problem. Against his former employer, the attacker was in the starting line-up at Werder Bremen. Right from the start he was active and wasn’t too good for a duel. The fact that he was allowed to walk to the penalty spot after ten minutes came in handy for the weak striker.
Inimitable, the 26-year-old sank the ball in the upper right corner. The cheers afterwards were exuberant and unusual because of his relationship with the Berliners. After the game he explained how the exuberance came about. “I’ve always felt very, very comfortable here. My cheers in no way went against Hertha. I was just extremely happy. The penalty was so important for us that we took the lead. And that’s why I was so happy”, so the attacker in retrospect Sky.
In terms of his own will to win, Selke’s leaps in the air and screams of joy were okay. The upcoming million-dollar transfer would have liked to have contributed even more to the game. After half an hour, the striker couldn’t go on. His thigh closed after a collision. “Unfortunately, it was a short day at work. I would have liked to have stayed longer, it was really fun. But I got caught.”
For him, the American Josh Sargent came on the field, who would later score himself. Fortunately, Selke will not be absent for too long, as, according to the club, he only got a horse kiss.
The same applies to Ömer Toprak, who had to go down shortly after the break. Kohfeldt spoke in the picture about an initial assessment at the clearer. “I don’t want to panic, but neither do I want to stir up hope. He was hit in the ankle, I can’t say more than that. It looks very, very painful.” A long-term absence of the veteran would hurt Bremen enormously. After all, the Turk is currently in top form and one of the guarantors of success in recent weeks.
Werder’s trainer is also hoping for a little more breadth in midfield. Kevin Möhwald knew that he would be out before the game. “He is not at 100 percent. Due to his long history of injuries and our alternatives, we decided that he will not be there today,” said Kohfeldt in advance Sky. A long compulsory break is rather unlikely with the all-rounder.
Nonetheless, Werder took away three important points. They came about because the team could once again rely on the qualities of the youngsters around Felix Agu, Jean-Manuel Mbom and Romano Schmid. The young stars have recently come more and more into the focus, but should not be outplayed yet, according to Kohfeldt.
“Unfortunately we have a lot of injuries again. Now it is still a very exciting phase. I very much hope that this seasoned Bundesliga quality will return. That is not a criticism of the young players, but they will not be able to play 20 games now.” Except Sargent, who has been guaranteed a starting XI for the next game, will be given a breather for some of the youngest players who were recently seeded.