With a third of the 2015/16 season done and dusted, bundesliga.com is checking in with all 18 clubs to see where they are at after 12 matches.
Viktor Skripnik's squad underwent major changes in the summer, but the Ukrainian tactician appears to be bringing stability back to one of Germany's most traditional clubs.
The story so far
After a reasonably solid start, SV Werder Bremen endured a rough patch in September and October, losing five straight games and sliding towards the bottom of the table. However, away victories in recent weeks, along with promising performances against FC Bayern München and Borussia Dortmund, have bred hope that a squad with a healthy blend of youth and experience can still aim for a top-half finish this term.
- Bremen are the most efficient team in the league when it comes to scoring from crosses, having found the net from every 21st cross on average.Anthony Ujah has had the most shots of any Werder player (31) and also created the most shooting opportunities (25).Three of Ujah’s five goals this season have been with his head; only FC Bayern München’s Robert Lewandowski has scored more headed goals (four).In both goals (177) and German top-flight appearances (392), Claudio Pizarro is ahead of every current Bundesliga player and every foreign player in the league’s 52-year existence.
Most memorable quote
“When I heard he was signing for us, I started wondering straight away what it would be like playing with him, but not even I expected things to work out as well as it has. I was calling [for a pass], “Claudio, Claudio!” But he’s such a great player that he knew exactly what to do. He’s scored and set up so many goals in his career. All I do is just listen to what he says.”
Ujah speaking after the Matchday 4 win at Hoffenheim, in which Pizarro made his third Werder debut and assisted the Nigerian to make it 2-1 to the Green-Whites in second-half injury time.