Schreuder: "We need to show courage"

TSG Hoffenheim will be hoping for their first win of the year when they visit SV Werder Bremen in the Bundesliga on Sunday (15:30 CET). At the pre-match press conference, Alfred Schreuder spoke about the personnel situation, the opposition and his objectives for the game.

Alfred Schreuder on…

…the match against Frankfurt: "We spoke about the match. We were too passive with the ball in the first half and need to show more courage. That's how the lads saw it too. The second half was significantly better. There were several teams in the league who had problems to begin with after the winter break."

…the next opponents: "Bremen have a very good team but they're not in a good position in the league. They've had a lot of injury problems and often been unlucky too. The league is so good that you can easily drop down. In that scenario it's important to keep your calm. At some stage you'll get your reward. That's how it works in football, that's for sure. I just hope that won't be the case on Sunday."

…the objectives: "Both teams want to win and need the points too. Perhaps in the end we'll have to settle for a point, but we want to play to win and the way we go about it will reflect that."

…the personnel situation: "Munas Dabbur is fit enough for the starting XI. We'll see whether he's okay to play 90 minutes. As for Robert Skov, there are still doubts about whether he'll be okay for Sunday. We'll make a late call. Ilay Elmkies will miss out."

…on potentially coming up against Kevin Vogt: "We'd obviously be delighted if Kevin Vogt plays. But health comes above all else. The lads are looking forward to seeing him too."

The social media fan question of the week:

Do you plan on using Steven Zuber more in midfield or on the left of defence?

"More on the left side of defence. He can play in the wide position in a 3-5-2 system or as the left-back in a back four."

Head-to-head record:

TSG Hoffenheim have only ever won once in Bremen. Equally however, they have only suffered one defeat in their last eight games there, with six ending in stalemate. In the reverse fixture, TSG beat Werder 3-2 thanks to a late Pavel Kadeřábek winner.

The opposition's form:

Bremen won only one of their last 13 Bundesliga matches before the break, but they resumed the campaign with a 1-0 win over Fortuna Düsseldorf on Saturday. The victory took the Green & Whites, who now have 17 points, above their opponents and into 16th.


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