Finally Bundesliga again, hello Bremen!
I know there are actually people who are quite patriotic and think that the Nationalteam games are important as well. I, however, belong to the type of people who couldn't care less about the Nationalteam (even with Dortmundplayers on board, I just always wish for them to not get injured), and can't wait for the Bundesliga to continue again. Luckily we don't have to wait that long this time since we are already playing on a Friday- under floodlight. Our host this time will be Werder Bremen. Probably one of last year's biggest surprises (in a negative way) is awaiting us eagerly and the signs for this game look ambivalent. I usually always have an opinion when it comes to a game, this time, however, I don't know what to expect.
A few things have been going on during the past days,beside a lot of players being on the road with their Nationalteams, Kuba stated his frustration about not being one of the key players- twice and a bunch of international teams claimed their interest for Götze, Hummels- you pick a name...nothing new in that case though, we are kind of getting used to the fact that half of Europe wants out players. So on this Friday it is time to play some important football again. As I mentioned before, this game probably holds a lot of surprises. Our opponent from Bremen, whose last season went down the drain most of the times, has a great record of homegames so far, but are missing out on Wiese and Arnautovic due to their red cards. As for our men in black and yellow, we know that Schmelzer will still not be able to play due to his injury. Barrios, on the other hand, seems to be in better shape already. We will have to see how much is possible for him.
With my ambivalence in mind, I thought I'd ask a few of my Bremen fans about their opinion towards the game. Funnily enough, they don't really have an opinion as well. With their new stadium finally being completed, they hope for their team to make a fortress out of it. On the other hand they fear the German Championship winner and they do not undervalue the strenghts of our team. The majority of them expects a tie. Bremen and Dortmund, there were some promising games among those duels. I remember a really tight 3:3 a couple of years ago. Or a 3:0 for our team a couple of more years ago, and then there was the 2:0 for Bremen at the end of last season. For them, and incredibly important game, for us? The hangover from our celebrations and probably one of the dullest games ever. Did we care? Most certainly not. This time, however, we do care and those three points are utterly important. All of them are, of course, but maybe the reason why I do not have an opinion on this game is the same reason Bremen's fans have.
They played a rubbish season last year, and started off quite well this year, still, they know, it can go one way or another quite quickly. If they win this game, they have a good chance of staying close to Bayern and therefore mark their spot at the top of the table. If it goes the other way round, they trade places with us, and suddenly it could look differently. We could get closer to the championsleague places again and Bremen would be left behind. At least for a little while. Hence, this game basically is a signpost for both teams, which actually makes it perfect. A duel, between two teams striving for the top? Under floodlight? With around 7000 BVB fans on board and the greatest team on the planet on the pitch? Sounds like great premises to me. And after all, this is our Borussia from Dortmund, they will do their best to ban our tensed thoughts and if they believe in their strength and just be the Borussia they can be, all will be great. Come on young guns, those three points are awaiting a home in Dortmund. Go for it!
Werder Bremen: Mielitz - Sokratis, Prödl, Wolf, Schmitz - Bargfrede - Fritz, Hunt, Marin - Pizarro, Rosenberg
Borussia Dortmund: Weidenfeller - Piszczek, Subotic, Hummels, Löwe - Bender, Gündogan - Götze, Lewandowski, Perisic - Barrios
Referee: Meyer (Burgdorf)