The 2015/16 Bundesliga season is now at the halfway stage, providing the ideal time to take stock of each club's progress so far. Here, bundesliga.com puts SV Werder Bremen under the microscope.
The story so far
After finishing the 2014/15 well under coach Viktor Skripnik, there were high hopes for Bremen this term. That sense of optimism increased with the signing of veteran striker Claudio Pizarro from FC Bayern München, and the fact that the Green-Whites earned seven points from their first four league outings.
However, Bremen have slipped steadily down the table ever since then and now find themselves spending the Christmas break in the bottom three. Without the self-confidence of their earlier displays, Skripnik's charges have an unfortunate tendency of conceding sloppy goals. Indeed, a leaky back line (32 let in so far) is the main area that needs to be addressed during the club's winter training camp.
- On average, Bremen have scored a league goal from every 21st cross, the best success rate in the league.
- Only Hannover 96’s defence (64 per cent) has been more successful in the air than Bremen this term (63.7 per cent).
With seven goals and an assist to his name, striker Anthony Ujah is the main reason Bremen do not find themselves in the direct relegation spots over the festive period. In the absence of injured USA forward Aron Johannsson, the Nigerian frontman has led the line superbly and has been directly involved in almost 50 per cent of his team's goals.
Trace the highs and lows of Bremen's season so far and discover all their pertinent statistics with our interactive table.
Bremen's first and only home win of the season was an impressive 2-1 triumph over then UEFA Champions League participants Borussia Mönchengladbach.