Bremen (dpa) - For Florian Kohfeldt, September 20, 2019 has a lot to do with Werder Bremen's completely screwed up season.
The day before the home game against RB Leipzig, Niclas Füllkrug suffered a cruciate ligament rupture, the king's transfer from Bremen was condemned to watch for months. At the time, Kohfeldt spoke of the “absolute worst case” - and then the unprecedented Bremen crash started. Without a filling jug.
It is all the more important for Werder that the 27-year-old from Hanover is back in the final sprint of the season. Not 100 percent fit yet, but so far that he can still help the North Germans decisively in the fight against relegation. With its physical presence and force, Füllkrug gives the Bremen game a component that was previously completely missing. Suddenly Werder has a player in the front who also holds his own in the air, binds opponents and puts his teammates in the spotlight.
It was therefore not surprising that in addition to Füllkrug in the important victory against 1. FC Köln, which made it possible to jump into the relegation against 1. FC Heidenheim, Milot Rashica and Yuya Osako also shone and met. For the first time this season, the offensive trio stood together on the pitch and is now to be a pledge for Werder in the two rescue games against the third in the second division on Thursday and Monday (8.30 p.m. / DAZN and Amazon Prime).
"I'm not surprised that we can play this football," said Kohfeldt after the offensive gala against Cologne. "Only up to now we haven't had this together." The result: a measly nine törchen at home before the Cologne game.
With the trio, Kohfeldt now has an interesting mix that complemented each other perfectly, at least against Cologne. The massive and strong-headed filling pitcher, the fast and agile Rashica and the technically experienced and smooth Osako. “It was a race against time all season. But now we finally have them all together, »said Kohfeldt.
By the way, before the Werder coach Füllkrug brought against Cologne for the first time on Saturday, he chose an unusual path. "I called a few people from his private environment and asked them if he told them the same thing as me," Kohfeldt reported. When the buddies confirmed that Füllkrug also told them that he felt really fit again, Kohfeldt brought the center forward from the start - and set the course for avoiding direct relegation.
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