One statistic underlines Milos Veljkovic’ influence this season: Werder have not lost a game when 25-year-old centre back has been in the starting XI. “Of course, it is a nice statistic and I hope it continues,” said Veljkovic on Wednesday. “But it’s for other people to decide how much of that is because of me.”
Werder had to settle for a point on Saturday afternoon as they drew 1-1 to Bayer 04 Leverkusen in the first away match of the New Year. Ömer Toprak put the Green-Whites in front after Ludwig Augustinsson's free-kick (52’), rewarding the Green-Whites’ strong defensive performance. Leverkusen, sitting third in the table, struggled to break down Florian Kohfeldt’s team until Patrik Schick struck to...
Romano Schmid had been waiting for an appearance for a while before his chance arrived quite suddenly. “Romano is one of those guys you have to get to know over the course of the season,” said head coach Florian Kohfeldt of the young Austrian at Thursday’s pre-match press conference. At the start of the season, Kohfeldt asked Schmid to be patient, and now this patience is paying off. Schmid...
In the pre-match press conference, head coach Florian Kohfeldt made a point of noting that he expects his team to improve in a number of key areas, namely their tackling, aggression, and alertness. “My expectation of the team is for them to be brave enough in the key moments and that we try to reach our best in terms of performance,” Kohfeldt told the press at the conference on Thursday as he...