Goalkeeper Competition Heating Up at SV Werder Bremen: Zetterer vs. Backhaus

Goalkeeper Competition Heating Up at SV Werder Bremen: Zetterer vs. Backhaus

Regular goalkeeper Michael Zetterer has a head start – but that does not mean that returning player Mio Backhaus would have no chance at SV Werder Bremen.

Has a lead over youngster Mio Backhaus: Werder goalkeeper Michael Zetterer. IMAGO/Sven Simon

The announcement that SV Werder Bremen wants to have the squad together for the new season as early as possible has already been followed by planning certainty in at least one position. Markus Kolke from Hansa Rostock has been appointed to the goal, the role that was vacated by the departure of Dudu (Viktoria Köln) – and which has the profile of a clear number 3. The 33-year-old is therefore not to get involved in the competition that could arise from the return of Mio Backhaus for Bremen’s number 1.

The loan returnee comes back to the Weser as the first-choice goalkeeper from the Eredivisie club FC Volendam – and with a corresponding amount of self-confidence and the desire for more match practice. The fact that Werder did not extend the contract with Jiri Pavlenka because of the 20-year-old speaks just as much for the appreciation of his development as the fact that a departure of Backhaus this summer is not an option – neither a loan nor a permanent transfer – despite keen interest from other clubs.

Fritz on Werder’s number one: “It’s about performance”

Instead, a duel for the starting goalie position would be allowed at Osterdeich. Why not? “We are in a very good position to have two such promising goalkeepers,” explains head of professional football Clemens Fritz. “And in the end it’s always about performance. Our keepers can push each other, should support each other – and develop further.”

The German U-20 national goalkeeper Backhaus has greater potential due to his age, but he could also still decide to play for the Japanese team. But the 28-year-old Zetterer also recently pointed out in the course of his contract extension that goalkeepers have a different age horizon than field players: “You live a lot from experience. And I think there is still a lot in me.”

After finally becoming number 1 this season, nine years after his move to Werder, he is now “perhaps even more ambitious to develop further”.

Can the number two play in the DFB Cup?

One thing is certain: Zetterer has an advantage over Backhaus, as Fritz says: “Basically, Zetti has earned himself a very good standing as number 1 with us through his performances in recent months. On the other hand, Mio was one of the youngest goalkeepers in a top league and did a great job there too. He has developed enormously.”

So it will be interesting to see how the topic develops during the preparation phase. Possible considerations regarding the number 2’s appearance in the DFB Cup will also be discussed. “It’s still too early for that,” explains the professional boss.

2024-06-17 15:37:24
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