Zlatko Junuzovic wants to see SV Werder Bremen go on a winning run in the coming weeks.
Zlatko Junuzovic wants to see SV Werder Bremen go on a winning run in the coming weeks.

Junuzovic: 'We need to pick up more points at home'

Austria international midfielder Zlatko Junuzovic believes SV Werder Bremen's home form could be the key to their hopes of beating the drop in 2015/16.

Preview: Werder Bremen vs Hertha Berlin

The relegation-threatened Green-Whites recorded a priceless 3-1 victory away to FC Schalke 04 on Matchday 18, but host Hertha Berlin this weekend having won only once at the Weser Stadium in the Bundesliga all season.

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bundesliga.com: A big plus is the calm at the club and the confidence in the coach. How important is that for the team?

Junuzovic: It’s extremely important, but we also know where we have to improve. Whether it’s calm or not, it doesn’t affect what happens. Everyone’s tense. Under no circumstances should we doubt ourselves or worry. We have to play like we did in the second half against Schalke. That was really good. We were tight, we were brave. We were committed in the tackle and we were aggressive. That’s how we have to go about things against Hertha.

bundesliga.com: Hertha travel to the Weser Stadium sitting third in the Bundesliga. They’ve consistently picked up points and only lost to the big sides. In the Hinrunde, Werder took a point from the Olympiastadion. Would a draw be enough this time?

Junuzovic: Obviously our objective is to control and win the game. We’ll have to see how it plays out on Saturday. We were caught napping and conceded a goal in the opening stages in Berlin, but we came closer to winning it towards the end. We hit the woodwork twice. It’s no accident that Hertha are where they are in the table - they’ve put in some very good performances. It won’t be easy, we have to be at our best.

Interview by Tobias Gonscherowski

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