Werder Bremen currently sit in 10th place in the Bundesliga following an inconsistent start to the new season. This season has already been littered with injuries and suspensions for Bremen and the initial poor results of the team could at first be put down to poor team performances or poor technical play. When we delve a little deeper into the stats, we see that this may not be the case but that something is certainly odd about Werder’s start to the season.
They have an xG of 9.26 so far this season and have scored eight goals, while the real alarming stat is their xGA of 7.69, considering they have conceded 12 goals. In this tactical analysis, I will look at Werder’s tactics so far this season, identify their impact on these stats, and seek to find a solution on what is not quite going to plan.
On the face of it, Werder are building up excellently and are being successful, which certainly in the deeper phases is true. As we can see in the screenshot below, Bremen’s defenders are dominating the Bundesliga in terms of ball progressions, which is down to their style of play and the way Florian Kohfeldt has coached these defenders to play.
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