Bremen secures its place in the Bundesliga. Niclas Füllkrug returns in the 1-1 draw against Cologne. There is no clear commitment to Werder, but a statement should give fans hope.
After staying in the league perfectly, national player Niclas Füllkrug almost sounded as if Werder Bremen fans could count on the coveted goalscorer next season.
“We can continue to develop and take the next step in the course of the next season,” said the 30-year-old after his comeback and the 1-1 (0-1) win against 1. FC Köln.
But it is not that simple. He did not give a clear confession – without great surprise before the long transfer summer. Most recently, he hadn’t had much contact with his advisor because of his calf injury, explained the Bundesliga’s top scorer. “There is nothing new there either,” he said when asked about a possible change. “I still haven’t given it much thought. The last few weeks have been really moody for me because it annoyed me a lot to have to sit out.”
Filling jug inconspicuous in the starting eleven comeback
After missing five games, Füllkrug returned to the starting XI. The top scorer in the league, who had previously injured his calf, remained inconspicuous and had to approach the game. “I’m completely over it now,” said Füllkrug about his state of health and added: “Those were really annoying weeks for me.” His return was always expected, but the complaints dragged on.
The mood of Bremen after the final whistle was exuberant. The players let the fans celebrate long after the final whistle. Werder can now finally plan for the coming season. On the penultimate day of the season, the Hanseatic League were not in good shape for long stretches, but they still managed to stay in the league. The midfielders from Cologne had long since achieved this goal.
Bremen’s series of defeats ended
“Of course we would have liked to have won the last game of the season here at home, but the first half was too bad for that,” said coach Ole Werner. His team, which also benefited from the draws between FC Schalke 04 and Hertha BSC, achieved the club’s most important goal this season just under a year after being promoted to the first division. In addition, Bremen ended their series of defeats after three previous bankruptcies.
Werder is currently five points ahead of the relegation rank, even if Stuttgart wins on Sunday it would still be four points. That was enough for the green-whites for the whereabouts party in the evening.
Cologne’s Steffen Tigges (36th minute) shocked the green and white part in the sold-out Weser Stadium with a head through the guests’ opening goal. Substitute midfielder Romano Schmid (73′) equalized from a tight angle for the home side.
Werder coach Werner took out three players shortly after the break. Including Schmidt, who came on for Leonardo Bittencourt. After that, his team “showed a reasonable reaction,” said Werner. Bremen’s game improved slightly, but was still prone to errors. The substitution of the Austrian should pay off: Schmidt redeemed the home fans with his first Bundesliga goal.
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