New Werder Bremen Coach Robin Dutt has suffered through four consecutive losses in preseason test matches, but on Thursday garnered his first win on the club’s sidelines as the green-whites downed 3. Liga side RW Erfurt by a lopsided 6-0 score. Erfurt opened their 3. Liga season last weekend with a 1-0 away win over Stuttgarter Kickers.
Thursday’s win put a shine to the end of Werder’s third and final training camp of the summer, held in Blankenhaim, as the club headed back to Bremen following the victory. After suffering friendly match defeats to Ajax Amsterdam and three lower division clubs, it had to be a confidence boost for both Dutt, who didn’t last an entire season in his last managerial post at Leverkusen, as well as the squad to finally be on the upside of the final scoreline for several reasons. Except for this summer’s newcomers to Werder Bremen, the rest of the squad had played their entire Werder careers under the tutelage of one man, Werder legend Thomas Schaaf. It would be normal for the players to become skeptical of his replacement’s coaching abilities, especially after multiple continuous losses, even if all were only by a one-goal margin.
Dutt’s team opened up a 2-0 first half lead on goals by striker Nils Petersen after 18 minutes and midfielder Mehmet Ekici with five minutes left before intermission. Newcomer Cedric Makiadi, the 29 year-old who transferred this summer from SC Freiburg and had previously played for Dutt, impressed with “clever passes” from his position in front of the back four consisting of Sebastian Prödl, newcomer Luca Caldiroli, Clemens Fritz and Theodor Gebre Selassie, who was so impressive in the 2012 Euros for the Czech Republic.
Bremen rolled up the score in the second half, starting quickly as Eljero Elia netted two minutes after intermission, followed by scores from Petersen again, Prödl and Marko Arnautovic at the game’s end. Backup goalkeeper Raphael Wolf earned the clean sheet in the match, his first work since recovering from a knee injury, although Werder’s defense still allowed their 3. Liga rivals some quality scoring chances that went unfulfilled. Thursday’s matchup was also a homecoming for Werder captain Fritz, who not only was born in Erfurt but played for the red-whites from 1999 to 2001.
Dutt commented on the match
We are slowly crystallizing into a team. We need to take the next steps as a whole team. Everybody has the chance to play his way into the team in Erfurt
It was a small step forward. From Tuesday to Thursday we cannot expect to make ten steps, but we are pleased with this one. I have not rated negative results too high and I will not now do with this victory
A sterner test for Werder comes Sunday, as EPL side Fulham FC visits the Weser Stadion. Dutt will then try to avoid a repeat of last seasons’s DFB Pokal first round loss to Preußen Münster when the green-whites face another 3. Liga club, 1. FC Saarbrücken, in the first round of the Cup on August 4th.
Werder Bremen open their Bundesliga season away to newly-promoted Eintracht Braunschweig on Saturday August 10 before playing their home opener the next Saturday when they host FC Augsburg, with the expectations of two positive results. RW Erfurt will host Hallescher FC this Saturday in league play.
SV Werder Bremen: Wolf – Fritz (69′ Ignjovski), Prödl (69′ Lukimya), Caldirola (69′ Pavlovic), Gebre Selassie (69′ Hartherz), Ekici (69′ Stevanovic), Makiadi (69′ Kroos), Junuzovic (69′ Arnautovic), Petersen (69′ Akpala), Hunt (69′ Yildirim), Elia (69′ Füllkrug).
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