The breakaway victory was followed by a victory at work: while Gladbach did everything to make Werder Bremen look good in the 5-1 win, TSG Hoffenheim defended themselves with playful means. Our tactics columnist Tobias Escher analyzes why Werder had major problems with their opponent’s playing style, but ultimately came out victorious.
who after Werder Bremen The 5-1 win over Borussia Mönchengladbach hoped for another gala was disappointed on Friday night. Even before kick-off it was clear that the TSG Hoffenheim will react more than the clandestine Gladbacher a week ago. The pre-season coach hired André Breitenreiter stabilized the Hoffenheim defense. In eight games of the season, they had conceded only eight goals. Werder can be even happier with the victory against an opponent in good shape, even if the road to get there was rocky.
Werder Bremen with a three-way pressing against the three defenders of TSG Hoffenheim
Werder coach Ol Werner did not see the need to change his starting XI after the beats of Gladbach. Werder Bremen restarted the game with a 5-3-2. there too TSG Hoffenheim played with a full-back, Bremen’s pressure has changed compared to the previous week. Roman Schmid moved forward from midfield to upset along with the double storm on the front line. With three forwards, Bremen managed to create a draw against the opposition three-way line.
The Breitenreiter formation was similar to the Werner variant. Hoffenheim also started nominally Formation 5-3-2. With them, Andrej Kramaric moved forward from midfield to support the double attack. Hoffenheim also put a lot of pressure on the three Werder defenders. Both teams pressed all over the pitch. Werder Bremen acted in the usual way on a human scale, while Hoffenheim lined up in a space-oriented 3-4-3.
Werder Bremen wobbles: TSG Hoffenheim with the best solutions
the TSG Hoffenheim created a chance advantage early in the game. They found the best solutions against opposing pressing. Their three defenders prevented Bremen forwards from falling behind. The support of the six Dennis Geiger and left back Angelino helped establish the majority on the front line. The hosts have succeeded Werder Bremen to lure them out and then exaggerate with Bremen’s midfield with long balls. Hoffenheim uses long passes in the half spaces and moves from left to right.
Especially the latter variant caused danger. Angelino started the game deep on the left and then played on the far right back Roberto Skov. The Dane scored three shots on goal in the first half hour alone. It was a surprise that Skov advanced far and Angelino held back. In the 1-1 draw against Hertha BSC last week, Hoffenheim had significantly attacked thanks to far forward Angelino.
Tactical analysis: Werder Bremen play their underrated strength against TSG Hoffenheim
Werder Bremen he was constantly on the defensive in the first quarter of an hour. As a result, Bremen’s lead was quite surprising. Werder wins the ball behind the center line and plays the counterattack well (18 ‘). Marvin Ducksch he was as far on the left side as necessary and played a clever one-two Niclas filling jug. Even after the lead, Bremen continued to struggle with structural problems. His pressing didn’t work, Skov was always free on the right or Kramaric in the left half-space. But Hoffenheim didn’t enter Bremen’s half as often as in the opening minutes.
This was not least due to the fact that Bremen now held the ball more often and longer. They played what is perhaps their most underestimated strength: the three full backs can deal with the remaining left-back Antonio Young as well as folding Christian Gross take the pace out of the game. They did this more and more often after the tour. Hoffenheim did not want to advance too far so as not to expose himself on the defensive. Werder was able to get the ball running and calm the game down.
Werder Bremen versus TSG Hoffenheim: both teams with fast attacks
Despite Werder Bremen gained an average of 55% ball possession after the lead, they were unable to completely prevent Hoffenheim’s attacks. The Kraichgauers equalized on the counterattack (32 ‘). Subsequently, Hoffenheim played forward with a lot of speed. In the second half, both teams managed to initiate speed attacks from their ball possession game. Al Werder now advanced Mitchell Weiser often at the forefront. The substitute Leonardo Bittencourt pulled out in these situations. In this way, Werder managed to shatter the opposition order several times.
But they too TSG Hoffenheim he kept coming dangerously in front of the gate. Werder still had little access to the opponent’s three-man chain. Instead, they retired to their own half more often with a 5-3-2. Angelino has now taken on a more offensive role. From that point on, everything has been convincing Cristoforo Baumgartner like a fall forward. He created the connection between game structure and attack.
Victory at work at TSG Hoffenheim underlines that Werder Bremen can keep up with almost any opponent
In a hectic second half, both teams had the opportunity to decide the match for themselves. In the end it benefited Werder Bremen from a penalty of Niclas filling jug (87 °). Weiser took the penalty. Here his high position paid off. Hoffenheim’s furious attacks in the final minutes have vanished. Werder left the field as the winner. Werder’s performance may have been less than a 5-1 win over Gladbach. That’s why the win against TSG Hoffenheim should taste even sweeter. Gladbach had a pitch black day. In Sinsheim, Bremen won against an opponent who was at the height of their creativity. This underlines that Werder in good shape can keep up with almost any Bundesliga team.