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Werder Bremen and FC Schalke 04 underpin promotion ambitions

Leaps of joy on the Schalke coaching bench, winning streak on the Weser – FC Schalke 04 and SV Werder Bremen, who have been relegated to the Bundesliga, are heavily involved in the promotion race to league two.

“We don’t want to leave from up there anymore. It was our goal to get stuck at the top. We’ve done that now,” said Werder striker Marvin Ducksch after the hard-fought 2-1 win over Karlsruher SC. Six wins in a row and 20 goals scored raise high hopes that Bremen will return to the Bundesliga quickly.

Ducksch knows, however, that the rise will not be a sure-fire success. “I think it depends on how we deal with a setback, which will definitely happen again. That’s crucial,” said the 27-year-old 1-0 goalscorer from third in the table. Anthony Jung scored the winning goal for Bremen on Saturday. “You currently have the feeling that there is always something going on in front of goal and that we bring quality to the pitch. That makes us self-confident,” said the winger.

For coach Ole Werner, the manner of success was important. “It doesn’t matter whether it’s nice or not. We can live well with a work victory,” said the Werder coach after the sixth three in the sixth game under his direction. “It’s good to know that we can also win games this way,” said the 33-year-old.

Terodde initiates Schalke’s race to catch up

Schalke, who have not been defeated in five games, are only one point behind Werder. Coach Dimitrios Grammozis and sports director Rouven Schröder hugged after the hard-fought 2-1 win after being 0-1 down against Jahn Regensburg. “It was a win we wanted to force,” explained Grammozis. With his 15th goal of the season, striker Simon Terodde initiated Schalke’s comeback.

In the final phase of the season, the former German champions meet in the Schalke Arena on the third to last matchday – a final for relegated teams to gain promotion?

The sovereign autumn champions FC St. Pauli, on the other hand, are showing a downward trend. In the 2-2 draw against SC Paderborn, the Kiezkicker were without a win in the fifth game in a row. “We earned a small bonus during the first half of the season. Now we’ve lost a bit of lightness,” said coach Timo Schultz, who after eight home wins from the start had to settle for the second time at the Millerntor with a point split.

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