Werder Bremen tactics at Schalke: The ingenious Ole Werner battle plan!

Gelsenkirchen – It should be the top match first against the second. In the end, it was a one-sided affair. Werder Bremen coach Ole Werner found the Schalke team’s weakness. Our tactics columnist Tobias Escher analyzes his battle plan to crack the royal blues through the middle.

The season goes right into the home. to Werder Bremen and their own promotion ambitions are now Louis van Gaal’s life motto: “Death or gladioli!” Not only the players have to summon their performance in the crucial games. The coaching staff is also in demand: their own line-up and their own matchplan can make the difference between victory and defeat. In that respect, Werder’s coaching staff in the top match has courage FC Schalke 04 everything done right. Ole Werner found the opponent’s weak points and exploited them coldly.

Schalke’s Simon-Terodde system: Werder Bremen against S04 in the tactical analysis

Four weeks ago Mike Buskens the head coach position Schalke accepted. Ur-Schalke have led the Royal Blues to the top of the table. His tactics are based on letting the individual players shine. So it’s primarily an attacker Simon Terodde meant: He should be fed with several flanks and passes in the penalty area. Schalke performs in a classic way 4-2-3-1 system. Six drops into the defense to build the game up with the two key defenders. It allows the back players to move far forward. They are looking offensively for interaction with the wingers. These move somewhat into the center. All wingers have the task of getting the ball as directly as possible into the penalty area.

The first part of Werders camp plan should keep Schalke out of their own penalty area. Terodde can hardly be defended there. Instead dared Werder Bremen a high pressing: From your own 5-3-2 system they shot far ahead Schalke 04 to disturb early. Werder paid special attention to the middle: As soon as Schalke’s six lost Kou Ikatura, a Bremen player followed him. Leonardo Bittencourt or Romano Schmid pushed far ahead. As in previous matches, Werder disturbed their opponents early and gained access well into the opposite half.

The graphic shows Schalke’s play structure and how Werder Bremen reacted to it. Itakura fell in defense but was constantly pursued by Romano Schmid and Leonardo Bittencourt. The Schalke defender pushed far forward. Here you can already see Schalke’s big problem: in the middle they are quite open. Werder consistently exploited this weakness.

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Werder Bremen vs. Schalke 04 through the middle: Coach Ole Werner’s battle plan in the tactical analysis

the second The cornerstone of the Bremen battle plan was to control Schalke’s attacks on the wings. Some Bremen fans must have the band in the first few minutes: Why do Felix Agu and Mitchell Weiser not go to baseline? Why do they hesitate to attack? It may have been intentional: Werder Bremen would have preferred to play on, but his coach decided otherwise. Another peculiarity, however, was noticed with Werder’s backs: When they had ball possession, they moved a little into the middle. Bittencourt or Schmid were more likely to give width when avoiding. Agu and Weiser tried to help in the center.

This was also part of Werder’s battle plan: Schalke’s game system had some holes in the middle. The double sixer was mostly alone here, the wingers were busy with Werder’s backs. Terodde and Marius Bülter acted quite loudly. Thus found Werder Bremen a big hole next to the sixes that they played consistently. Again and again, Werder allegedly chased uncoordinated long balls into the middle, only to launch a promising attack in the form of Nicklas Füllkrug or Marvin Ducksch. Werder captured almost every other ball in the middle, they always came with good attacks.

Two corner variants and two quick goals: Werder Bremen against FC Schalke 04 in the tactical analysis

You could do that in the first round SV Werder Bremen came up with only two accusations: On the one hand, the accuracy of the passing game was sometimes lacking. Felix Agu in particular (48% pass accuracy) missed a lot here. Fortunately for Werder, Leo Bittencourt was a disappointment, however. He was the guarantee that Werder’s battle plan worked with the attacks through the middle. Werder, on the other hand, failed to convert their own dominance into goals. There were several good opportunities from the match, but Werder missed them. They had it after that standards more success. Here, too, the processing was right: Werder cracked Schalke’s cover by taking short corners. Schalke 04 remained in the space cover, did not move out – and left Weiser completely free in the backcourt. He prepares two goals (9, 26). 2-0 was almost too low in relation to Bremen’s dominance.

After the break, Werder also rewarded himself from inside the game. Bittencourt moved more often to the right, Schalke had huge problems here. Goals three (51st) and four (53rd) started Werder via the halves. Schalke were determined to attack in the middle, even their wing attacks ended up centrally.

Schalke 04 do not give up against Werder Bremen – the tactical analysis

To FC Schalke 04 you have to take the credit for not giving up after 0: 4. Again and again they ran the game on the wings. As the match progressed, Schalke came more and more dangerously ahead of the Bremen goal. The green-whites no longer held back with full intensity, so Schalke often broke through the flanks. They had almost only chances from standard situations. 1: 4 (88), however, was only a cosmetic result. Schalke were shockingly weak in the top match. In some scenes, their center stood open like a charging door. Ole Werner recognized this weakness in advance and prepared his team for it in an excellent way. Three more tactical achievements of this quality class and Werder Bremen can bag it long after the flare-up.

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