Saturday, April 4, 2009

Green Whites Nordderby challenge

With a two week absence following the 1-0 defeat at the hands of Dortmund the Green Whites return facing Hannover 96 in the Nordderby.

The long difficult year for Klaus Allofs and Thomas Schaaf has both their long tenures with Werder in jeopardy as they sit in the bottom half of the table. During the remaining two months it is imperative that they regain form or not only these two fixtures in the club could lose their positions but a number of players as well.

The Nordderby at Weserstadion has not been much of the match for the past few years as Werder as completely dominated Hannover. Along with Hannover being the worst team on the road in the Bundesliga and a bad injury situation they are now in the midst of a relegation battle, which is incredible since many thought they were capable of a top-six finish.

However Werder is in no position to ridicule another team, even if it be a local rival. They will need to apply themselves with focus or Hannover will reverse this trend. For those who are familiar with this match tension runs high, to say the least and Werder must be careful of a wounded side playing beyond their abilities.

Thomas Schaaf has only one absence, that being Danish international Daniel Jensen whereas Hannover is missing "Jan Schlaudraff, Michael Tarnat, Frank Fahrenhorst, Vinícius, Steven Cherundolo, Valérien Ismaël are all out along with Chavdar Yankov who is doubtful".