It will be a special game for Ole Werner (33) …
The Werder manager worked for Holstein Kiel from 2012 (first as a youth coach and then as a head coach) until his retirement in September 2021. He had also played for the club himself as an active player.
Against his great love of all things, Werner can take a big step towards promotion with Werder on Friday (18:30 / Sky).
The coach wants to avoid particular explosions in the duel with Kiel: “It may happen that in the week before a match you do not make many phone calls and do not write. Otherwise, I still have regular contact with many people from Kiel. I also have a job. where to stay there. After the game, I’ll have a quick chat with one or the other. “
Werner grants himself a ban on contact!
The big pre-match question: Will Werder’s chances of winning increase with the Kiel connoisseur in their ranks?
Werner isn’t sure: “I certainly know the individual players and the club’s working methods very well. However, I don’t know the manager very well. It might be more true that many people in Kiel know how we work and how we want to play football.”
One thing is certain: this season is not much for Kiel. Mathematically, Holstein could still slide in place of relegation, but that is very unlikely.
“But they won’t hide,” says Werner. “In recent weeks they have found a playful line and have a clear structure. Our task will be to maintain the determination of Schalke’s game.”