Fritz focused on Frankfurt as relegation battle goes down to final day

Werder's skipper has been speaking about their showdown on Saturday.

Fritz focused on Frankfurt as relegation battle goes down to final day
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Werder Bremen stalwart Clemens Fritz has eyes only for the team's final game of the season, as they battle to avoid the drop.

The Northerners currently occupy 16th place - the relegation play-off spot - as they take on Eintracht Frankfurt, who are just one place above them.

VfB Stuttgart must beat VfL Wolfsburg to have any chance of staying up, but Fritz does not want to leave it to chance.

"We will remain positive"

Fritz, who was speaking to the Werder Bremen website, will need to call on all his experience to guide the team through Saturday's nail-biting clash.

He said, "We are very focused despite the pressure of the situation we find ourselves in. We will remain positive and go into the game with anticipation."

The 35-year-old signed a contract extension just before their 6-2 win over Stuttgart, something he called "fantastic, the atmosphere too".

However, he was quick to emphasize "that is in the past and there’s a new game at the weekend", adding that they "need to give [their] all again".

The skipper gave credit to their opponents, saying: "In the last few games they’ve played well, we know that."

Fritz is hoping to ensure Werder's safety this weekend. | Image source: picture alliance
Fritz is hoping to ensure Werder's safety this weekend. | Image source: picture alliance

Fans will play a role

Fritz isn't "thinking about that" and says Bremen will "just get on with [their] training for the weekend’s game".

"It’s all down to us. We’ll be relaxed going into the game, otherwise we’ll freeze up. We have to play well to get the three points," he continued.

The versatile defensive-minded veteran feels the support could be key, saying that their "fans are amazing" and has hopes "there is a similar atmosphere this weekend".

Fritz concluded by admitting that "such a good fanbase doesn’t come around every day", and that they are "great for the team and [they] have to do them justice on the pitch".