Bundesliga Preview: Borussia Dortmund vs Werder BremenBy: Clarissa | March 17th, 2012
After a bit of a disappointing result last weekend (0-0 against Augsburg), Dortmund host Werder Bremen at the Westfalenstadion. Dortmund is still 5 points clear at the top of the table, but personally I feel that we have not played that convincing since the winterbreak. Many of the wins have been rather laboured, and last weekend the performance was the same.
Still, Werder Bremen have been inconsistent so far this season. They still are in the hunt for a Europaleague place, though, so we can’t underestimate them. Playing style wise, Werder Bremen should be more suited to Dortmund’s style of play than Augsburg, who really took man- marking to the extreme in their game against us. Bremen are well known for their attacking style of play, and do struggle in defense, which Dortmund should be able to exploit.
An aditional advantage for Dortmund is that Werder will be missing some crucial players, while we should be able to field our strongest XI. Pizarro will be definitely out because he is suspended, and he is hugely important for Werders goalscoring. Added to that they will likely miss Marin, Hunt and Arnautovic, which means that they’ll probably play youngster Füllkrug. Aditionally, their goalkeeper Tim Wiese injured himself in training on Friday, so he is out to. And midfielder Philip Bargfrede was injured too. I guess Werder will come with a severly injury- decimated squad to Dortmund, forcing them to play youngster and bench players. Generally Werder have parachuted quite a few young players up (Hartherz and Trybull), and that relative inexperience is something that Dortmund should look to exploit.