Bremen (AP) – At the end of a turbulent week, Florian Kohfeldt was a satisfied trainer. “That was certainly a step in the right direction,” said Kohfeldt after the 1-1 (1: 1) against 1899 Hoffenheim.

For the first time this calendar year, the North Germans remained unbeaten in the Bundesliga four times in a row. Eight points after five match days, sixth place in the ranking – after almost relegation in the previous season, Bremen is stabilizing again.

“It is slowly returning to the direction where we want to win more than fear losing,” Kohfeldt said. The times when you could dream of the European Cup on the Weser are over for now. The club continues to fight financially and athletically for survival, in which Corona has a not insignificant role.

In the meantime, it even seemed that the match against the Europa League participant Hoffenheim would be canceled last week. Because Werder’s newcomer Felix Agu had a positive corona test, the entire team and staff around head coach Kohfeldt went into quarantine at home. Only when the results of all other tests were known on Friday, could the game against Hoffenheim be considered again.

Under these circumstances, the draw with goals from Maximilian Eggestein (5th minute) and Dennis Geiger (22nd) was absolutely okay. “I think it is important that we develop playfully with stable points”, said Kohfeldt. “I see a small, stable development step. The gap to the three clubs at the bottom of the table remains stable.”

But Kohfeldt did not leave the Weser Stadium completely happy. After all, the green-whites are complaining about two injured players after the mediocre but hard-fought match in Niclas Füllkrug and Yuya Osako. Füllkrug, the best striker in Bremen so far with four goals, had to go out with calf problems in the first half, but should not be out for long.

Osako’s concerns, on the other hand, are much greater. “I haven’t talked to a doctor yet, but as a footballer I would say it didn’t look good,” said Kohfeldt of the Japanese forward, who shortly before limped with a knee injury. “Let’s hope for the best – for us and for him.” As the team from Bremen is already scarce, further failures could put the newly regained stability in acute danger.

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