Bremen - Stuttgart

Germany: Bundesliga
Bremen D. Selke (90)
Stuttgart S. Wamangituka (Pen. 31), S. Wamangituka (90)

Suspensions for Mbom and Möhwald leave Kohfeldt short of central midfield options

By Peter Vice

Werder Bremen's coach doesn't have as many injury problems to deal with as last season. He will still have to get a bit creative in building a squad for his next encounter, however, after two midfield actors find themselves suspended. 

Florian Kohfeldt.
Florian Kohfeldt.

Hanseaten trainer Florian Kohfeldt answered some questions about his lineup juggling over the weekend in press interviews on Monday. Regarding the 32nd minute subbing off of Jean Manuel Mbom, the 38-year-old made clear that the player's booking drove the decision.

"I was very concerned that Manuel might have to leave the field early on a yellow-red once [Wolfsburg] got another deep run behind him," he explained.

Davie Klaassen's departure at the end of the summer transfer window has forced Kohfeldt into many innovative midfield solutions. While Kohfedlt declared himself pleased with Mbom's progress, he noted that the 20-year-old's performances on duels left much to be desired.

"He needs to solve problems with his positional play," the coach noted, "before it comes down to a last-ditch duel."

Mbom's replacement, Kevin Möhwald, actually did get sent off on a yellow-red in the 3-5 loss to Wolfsburg. A suspension for the 27-year-old, combined with the fact that Mbom will have to sit out the coming fixture against Stuttgart on yellow accumulation, leaves Kohfeldt short of options in central midfield; by far his thinnest position.

"Perhaps Maxi Eggestein or Christian Groß will have to play in a different position," Kohfeldt speculated in a conversation with Germany's Bild Zeitung, "Leonardo Bittencourt has also played in a double-six set-up before."

1Jiří Pavlenka
23Theodor Gebre Selassie (C)
21Ömer Toprak
32Marco Friedl
5Ludwig Augustinsson
36Christian Groß ↩87
35Maximilian Eggestein
10Leonardo Bittencourt ↩60
8Yūya Ōsako ↩80
22Tahith Chong
19Joshua Sargent ↩60
27Stefanos Kapino
9Davie Selke ↪60
41Nick Woltemade ↪60
17Felix Agu
18Niklas Moisander
33Julian Rieckmann
20Romano Schmid ↪80
28Ilia Gruev
29Patrick Erras ↪87
1Gregor Kobel
5Konstantinos Mavropanos ↩46
2Waldemar Anton
4Marc-Oliver Kempf
3Wataru Endo
14Silas Wamangituka ↩90
23Orel Mangala
8Gonzalo Castro (C) ↩59
24Borna Sosa
9Sasa Kalajdzic ↩59
7Tanguy Coulibaly ↩73
33Fabian Bredlow
15Pascal Stenzel ↪46
35Marcin Kamiński
19Darko Churlinov ↪90
20Philipp Förster ↪59
21Phillipp Klement ↪59
25Lilian Egloff
30Roberto Massimo ↪73
31Mateo Klimowicz

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