Werder Bremen vs FC Twente Preview

Werder Bremen vs FC Twente Preview


Werder Bremen director of sport Klaus Allofs has admitted the clash at home to FC Twente is a must-win.
Bremen have taken two points from their opening three games in Champions League Group A and with clashes against Tottenham and Inter Milan to follow, Allofs realises victory against Dutch champions Twente is vital if they are to secure a top-two finish.
He said: "We must win. The potential is there, the team can do it."
Germany midfielder Marko Marin echoed those sentiments and called for the players to raise their game at the Weser Stadion.
He said: "It will definitely be much more difficult if we don't triumph.
"But we can't think about that, because we're playing in front of our own fans - a definite advantage - and we have the quality to beat Twente here."
Coach Thomas Schaaf has to contend with a lengthy injury list, however.
Tim Borowski, Naldo and Sebastian Boenisch are definitely out while goalkeeper Tim Wiese, Clemens Fritz and Petri Pasanen all missed training today and are considered doubtful.
While Bremen's domestic form has been patchy - they lost their most recent Bundesliga game at home to Nurnberg at the weekend - FC Twente have been flying in Holland.
Michel Preud'homme's men have won their last five Eredivisie games, the latest of which saw them triumph 1-0 at title rivals PSV Eindhoven to establish a one-point advantage at the summit.
Things have not been as straightforward in Europe as they, like tomorrow's opponents, have mustered two points from their opening three games and are need of a win in Germany.
Goalkeeper Nikolay Mihaylov told www.uefa.com: "We have to play a little bit better, both offensively and defensively.
"We are going to try to score goals and we're going there to get some points, maybe one or maybe three."
Reflecting on the draw between the sides last month, Mihaylov said: "It was disappointing because they scored in the 80th minute.
"It was partly down to a small mistake from ourselves that they equalised, but still they had a couple of chances. We also had a few chances so, in the end, it was the right result."


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