Bayern Munich manager Louis van Gaal has plenty of respect for Werder Bremen, despite their leaky defence.
Bremen have conceded 39 goals, the most in the German top flight bar bottom side Borussia Monchengladbach’s 50 goals, but van Gaal knows last season’s third-placed club still poses a threat to his fourth-placed outfit.
“I think Bremen was a strong opponent for us last time. We have played against Werder Bremen twice already in the Bundesliga and the Cup, and they were twice as good as Bayern,” he said.
“They created the most chances, so I think that Werder Bremen is still a very good team with very good, creative players.”
“Probably something has happened with this team and they haven’t done well, but tomorrow they are playing against Bayern Munich and that is exactly the right opponent for them and the best way to remedy the situation.”
Bremen coach Thomas Schaaf is also expecting a positive mindset from his side as they attempt to dig their way out of 14th place in the league.
“We’ve allowed ourselves enough slip-ups for one season, so we have to give 100 percent in every match,” Schaaf said.
“They (Bayern) may not think we’re up to the job. Our short-term target is to win, win, and win again. All our remaining games are important.”