Hansa Rostock hosts Werder Bremen in round 22 of German Bundesliga 2. The match will be played on Friday, February 11th at Ostseestadion (Rostock)
Hansa Rostock was one of the strongest teams of the GDR and even made the “golden double” in 1991. After the unification of the country, the Blue-Whites spent several years in the top division. But in fact, now the club is spending only the 1st season after returning to Bundesliga 2. And the task is obvious: not to return to the third tier. In this regard, the current results are quite decent. Yes, the representative of Rostock is in a lower part of the standings but still earns one point per match on average. And most importantly, Hansa keeps at a distance from the relegation zone. In the last round, the Blue-Whites managed to hammer SG Dynamo in Dresden, scoring four goals in the first half (1-4).
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Werder Bremen players do not want to linger at this level. They probably know about the bitter experience of Hamburger SV. The team that had never left the Bundesliga at one time cannot return there in any way, showing slightly insufficient results from year to year. But another ambitious club that won trophies not so long ago certainly did not dominate in the 2nd division at the start. Moreover, Werder Bremen is not in the lead now! But since December, this team has been looking very confident. It won all three last matches in 2021 and continued its winning streak after the holidays, defeating Fortuna Dusseldorf, Paderborn, and Karlsruher. Such results allowed the Green-Whites to get close to the top two and even catch up with St. Pauli in terms of points scored. And they have a chance to become the leaders of the championship before the end of winter!
Werder Bremen is on a streak of five consecutive victories in head-to-head matches. Most of them were gained at the beginning of the century when Hansa played in the top division. And the Green-Whites have already beaten the Blue-Whites in the current championship (3-0). Yes, Werder Bremen did not start the season in the best way, but now it looks like a real leader and a contender for promotion to the top tier. It is unlikely that Hansa Rostock will stop the Green-Whites.