Hoffenheim vs Werder Bremen Preview

Hoffenheim coach Holger Stanilawski will look to imitate his opposition's attack-minded style of play on Saturday when his team host Werder Bremen.

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Stanislawski heaped praise on his opposite number Thomas Schaaf on the eve of a game which could decide who tops the table at the end of this weekend - both clubs have six points from three matches so far - and predicted an exciting encounter.

"We will both play to win this game," he said. "That will ensure one or two chances for either side.

"I like Thomas Schaaf's philosophy. They create a lot of chances, even if it means they risk conceding goals.

"I personally would much prefer a 5-3 over a 2-0."

Stanislawski also believes it would be pointless trying to halt Bremen's attack by swelling the ranks at the back.

He said: "Bremen's attack just cannot be stopped by focusing on defending but rather by imposing our own style of play on the game."

Bremen have netted seven times in the Bundesliga this season but they drew a blank in midweek as they were beaten 1-0 by Fenerbahce in a friendly match.

That game was mainly organised to give defender Naldo some more match practice as he continues to work on his comeback from an injury absence of over 15 months.

However, his mistake led to Fenerbahce's goal and Schaaf admitted he is not yet an alternative.

"He still needs time," said Schaaf, much to the player's frustration.

Naldo feels ready to play and says that being on the sidelines is beginning to test his patience.

"I can understand him wanting to play today rather than tomorrow, but we have got to be responsible," added Schaaf, who lost another of his centre-backs Leon Balogun to an injury in training on Friday.

"This weekend is therefore too soon for him."

The Hoffenheim team should be unchanged from last weekend's 2-0 win at Augsburg with no alternatives returning from the treatment room this week.



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