Bremen is a fantastic city, but their side in Bundesliga hasn't been as fantastic during the last seasons. How ill they fare this season? Axel takes a look.
Could you even imagine my immense rage when Papy Djilobodji scored during the last minutes of the season against my dear Eintracht to send us to play-offs? Probably not. I was jumping up and down and wanted to rip my whole place apart. The thing that troubled me the most with it was that Bremen had been horrific at home throughout the whole campaign, but then somehow gathered the strenth to beat an in-form Eintracht Frankfurt during the last minutes of the game. Hasn't God let me suffer enough with Arsenal? Werder Bremen's season was absolutely shambolic by all means, but they stayed up and that probably shows signs of immense character and that they're in the favour of Frau Fortuna. However, it doesn't matter how well they did during the last few games of the season. All that matters now is the upcoming Hinrunde and Rückrunde of Bundesliga.
The team from Weser have had this uncanning habit of starting the season rather well, but they then always somehow find themselves in the bottom of the table after the Hinrunde to somehow escape it come May. It has been the case for the last few seasons and I can see it happening again, but I could also see the green lads from the northwest get relegated together with Darmstadt. Bremen's team just isn't good enough in my honest opinion and even though their quality might be enough to stay up, their manager and their unpredictable results might just overturn them. This habit and their quality aside, is there much hope for them? There's always hope, it doesn't matter how bad it looks, things can always improve during the course of a season and Bremens quality isn't the worst in the league, but I can't see them pulling anything spectacular and I'd be extemely surprised if they do not fight for relegation come the end of the season. Will they get relegated? I have no idea.
Having said that, their signings have been quite impressive and clever. After having sold Vestergaard to Mönchengladbach, they desperately needed a new centre back, or three, and they quickly signed Niklas Moisander, a finnish large and strong centre back who will always be a threat from set-pieces, albeit a downgrade from Vestergaard. Even though they will need one or two more in defence, it's a good start. In attack, Lennart Thy from St. Pauli and Justin Eilers from Dynamo Dresden have been signed with the latter helping Dynamo to a crushing of the 3. Liga. Eiler's agile movement, decent vision and good finishing together with Thy's quick feet and lovely movement, they could possibly form a deadly duo, would Pizarro not perform. In attack, things are looking exciting for bremen, but as Stuttgart showed us last season, attack isn't everything and a horrible defence could possibly get you relegated on its own.
Where will Werder finish then? It's a hard question to answer as this season could possibly go so many ways for them, but I'm going to be the pessimist and predict them a relegated side come May. Sadly, I believe that the lovely city of Bremen won't have an Erstklassig team next season. Whether this will come true or not, this season will tell, but for now my prediction stands.
Key player: Fin Bartels.
Having gone from strength to strength during the last few seasons, his performances will be key to Bremen's success. A hard-working scoring midfielder who can turn a game around on his own on his day.
Surprise player: Lennart Thy.
Thy returns to Bremen after a few years in strange teams and I could see him being a real success. he might prove to be just what they need in attack and if he does better than Ujah did last season, this might prove to be special.
Falk's prediction: 17th.
Ali's prediction: 17th. We both seem pretty convinced of Bremen's downfall.
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