After 13 match days, SV Werder staggered through the no man’s land of the 2nd Bundesliga. This is not really surprising, because people in Bremen are too cautious about setting goals. A comment.
Eighth place, five points up, seven down. Werder stagnated in the middle of the league. More than a third of the season has already been completed. Five more games until the winter break. In order not to waste the connection to the actual goal of promotion, (almost) all games have to be won.
But exactly this “real goal” does not exist. At least since the goal of the Europa League was narrowly wasted towards the end of the season in summer 2018, they have become cautious with the formulation of the target in Bremen – too cautious.
Because as a relegated player, who previously kicked in the Bundesliga for 40 years without interruption, won the double in 2004, celebrated the cup victory in 2009 and only lost to Donetsk in the UEFA Cup final after extra time, there can only be one goal: the damned promotion.
There is no question that he is nominally in it. But on the Osterdeich people hardly dare to use the word “resurgence”. Also because you are afraid of being judged by it in the end. Because that’s how it was in 2018/2019. The objective (although not achieved) was extremely refreshing for the fighting spirit in the team.
Here are the words of Frank Baumann again, who nowadays does not even begin to lean out of the window on any topic – unfortunately. “We want to go to Europe,” he said and added knowingly: “That is a very ambitious goal, but we have shown that under Florian Kohfeldt’s leadership, it is not an entirely unrealistic goal.”
Sure, the world on the Weser has changed over the years. Werder has certainly not been a top club (for a long time), but the return can and must actually be the publicly declared goal. Because of the strongest second division of all time, “a very ambitious goal” of course, like the Europa League back then, but a goal that Werder can and must measure themselves against at the end of the season.
Instead, there is only talk of reconstruction. A phrase that weighs Werder in terms of goal setting in security, but also contributes to the current mediocre place. Because it won’t work without an ambitious goal. In every training session and every game, the boys have to bring their maximum to the field. With a “We’ll see where we’re going and slowly build everything up”, that won’t work.
Often unclear goals are responsible for projects failing. That is what the claims also German Society for Project Management. A study that can easily be applied to all areas of life – including football. It can only succeed at all if they all have the clear goal of resurgence in mind in Bremen and work on it together. Formulating this goal clearly in public must be a further incentive. With the current, squeamish manner, Werder’s place in the table is not at all surprising.