Dutt calls for united Bremen front

Werder Bremen coach Robin Dutt accepts there is discontent in the northern German city but welcomes the fact it is being expressed in a civil manner.

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He is preparing his side to face high-flying Borussia Monchengladbach this Saturday, calling on the team and supporters to show unity in yet another difficult time for the club.

Only three points currently separate Bremen from the bottom three while a 5-1 defeat to Borussia Dortmund a week ago has dented morale.

Dutt says it is at times like these that they must pull together.

"Unity is our prime concern and the 'we-are-Werder-Bremen' feeling is the priority," Dutt said on his club's website.

"We're not happy with the overall situation, but we face up to it as a team.

"The criticism in Bremen at this difficult time is fully justified. It's very clear, but it's not insulting or below the belt and I'm grateful that we don't have the conditions here where people are coming to blows or more than that.

"I was brought to Bremen because they wanted a coach who is strong even in difficult situations.

"A lot of water would have to flow down from the Weser for me to get frustrated.

"(Director of sport) Thomas Eichin and I have a plan that we're following consequentially and that plan does not only foresee wonderful sporting times, but also the bad times too.

"Nevertheless, we are getting the backing we need to carry this plan through."

Monchengladbach coach Lucien Favre continues to enjoy the full support of his club too, despite three straight defeats which have complicated their challenge for a place in Europe next season.

He celebrates three years in charge this weekend.

"Getting Lucien here was a real stroke of luck for us," said Gladbach director of sport Max Eberl.

"You can see how successful his work has been by Borussia's league position since he has been here, and above all in the way we play football.

"In view of the recent club history, it has been a truly successful story."

Monchengladbach, yet to win a competitive game this year, will be looking to narrow the gap on fourth-placed Schalke with victory at the Weser Stadion.



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