Werder Bremen need to rediscover their self-belief to get back on track, says sporting director Frank Baumann.
After narrowly escaping relegation last season, Werder Bremen started off the new Bundesliga campaign with a disappointing 1-4 defeat to Hertha BSC on Saturday.
Speaking in the wake of the game, Werder sporting director Frank Baumann said the players seemed to be suffering from a lack of belief.
"Both the result and the performance are disappointing, especially from the 40th minute onwards. Up to that point, both teams were very cautious, and we were on top for periods," said Baumann and continued:
"Defensively we were pretty good until then and we were winning the ball back well, but we didn’t do enough with it. But we wanted to take control of the game. After Hertha’s goal, we didn’t push forwards and instead dropped deeper. We didn’t offer enough and we were too passive.
"The belief in our game that we spent so long looking for last year and only started to find again after the restart just wasn’t there. That was noticeable when we were in possession but even more when we were defending. We need to rediscover this belief."