Professionals | 26/06/2020

Matchday 34

Preview ahead of the trip to Bremen

The final day in a long campaign has come around. 316 days after FC took to the pitch against VfL Wolfsburg to start the club’s 48th Bundesliga season, it will come to a close against Werder Bremen. It is far from over, however, with plenty on the line for both sides.

Form check

Werder Bremen: Despite taking 10 points since the restart, Bremen find themselves in a less than desirable situation heading into the final game of the season. Defeat to Mainz last weekend has left Florian Kohfeldt’s side requiring a win against FC to have any hope of staying in the Bundesliga. However, it would only be good enough for a relegation play-off spot and even then, Bremen require help from Union Berlin.

1. FC Köln: FC managed to secure safety and a place in the Bundesliga next season after a 1:1 draw with Eintracht Frankfurt on Saturday. The focus is now upon finishing as high up the table as possible, as 11th place in the Bundesliga remains achievable. The goal, as stated by Markus Gisdol, is to go into the summer break on a high and all focus is now on the Weserstadion for 2019-20’s final game of the season.

The managers have had their say

Florian Kohfeldt: “We have to approach the game with balance. Köln won't just roll over. We'll obviously aim to attack more, that's a given. We still have a chance. Tomorrow we have to bite the bullet and go for it. I will fight and believe in our chances until the absolute last second and I am convinced that the team shares this attitude and character.”

Markus Gisdol: “It isn’t easy to size up Bremen at the moment. They have had many changes in the team recently, and as to how they go about their games. It is another game where we have to concentrate on us. I know how important our full effort is. That is our responsibility, both for the league and for the other teams. I am trying to focus on us and not to look too much at Bremen.”

Squad update

Werder Bremen: Kevin Vogt returned to training during the week. Along with both Claudio Pizarro and Ömer Toprak, he will be part of the squad. Milot Rashica will be touch and go up until final training, while Sebastian Langkamp will miss out altogether.

1. FC Köln: Jonas Hector and Florian Kainz will miss the trip to Bremen, as will Simon Terodde. The game will come too soon for the forward. Jhon Cordoba and Thomas Kessler are both doubtful; with Markus Gisdol hopeful that both can take their place in the squad come Saturday afternoon. 

Opposition dangerman

Despite Bremen’s struggles, Davy Klaassen has continued to contribute across the pitch. The Dutch midfielder has notched up six goals and six assists this campaign, one more of each in comparison to the previous season. Klaassen, who has missed just 104 minutes throughout the year, has been one of the better performers of late. He will be desperate to continue that into the final game to give Bremen a chance of the relegation play-off place.

Refereeing team

Referee: Bastian Dankert (Rostock).
Linesmen: Markus Häcker, Jan Seidel.
Fourth official: Dr. Martin Thomsen.
Video Assistant Referee: Daniel Schlager.

Want to watch with other FC fans?

1. FC Köln Chicago are hosting a watch party for FC fans to follow the game together, even when they can't be there in person or in their favourite pub. If you want to join in the fun, you can let the guys know on their Twitter or click on the link here for their meet-up.

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