Werder Bremen defender Assani Lukimya has admitted that the four times Bundesliga champions are in the centre of a relegation scrap, but is confident that the River Islanders will find form soon.
The North German outfit have experienced a torrid start to the 2014-15 Bundesliga campaign, by failing to win any of their last six league openers.
Poor start for Bremen
Indeed, Bremen have only managed to obtain a mere three points out of a possible 18 on offer, a worrying stat which has rooted Robin Dutt’s side to a 17th position in the Bundesliga table, just place off rock-bottom side Hamburg.
Still arguably one of Germany’s greatest clubs not only in terms of prestige but also in fandom, Bremen have finished the past two previous Bundesliga campaign’s in the bottom half of the Bundesliga table, a conundrum which looks apparent just over a month into the current season.
Although Dutt’s side have not had any difficulty in finding the net this season, having scored nine goals in their last six games, on the flip-side the River Islanders have the league’s most porous defence, with the back four, including Lukimya shipping a total of 15.
Lukimya confident of revival
Despite accepting that the club he joined from Fortuna Dϋsseldorf in 2012 is currently facing a serious relegation battle, the Congolese footballer is confident that Werder Bremen will quickly revert back to their winning ways.
He told German newspaper Bild: “We don’t have six or nine points, but only three. We have to accept that we’re stuck in the middle of a relegation battle, but the season is long enough to change that. We can change everything.”
The 28 year old who knows what it is like to experience relegation from the Bundesliga having suffered the same fate with Dϋsseldorf in 2012, has also admitted that even though the club are playing better football they are unable to reap the same awards as last season.
Lukimya in confident mood
Lukimya believes the reason behind the River Islanders 12th place Bundesliga finish last season was because Bremen were able to score at “decisive moments”, something which they are unable to do this time around.
The centre-back went on to say: “Last season, we were able to always get it right, to score at decisive moments. Today we have evolved our style to play better football. If we are able to revert back to the same situation as last season, then we will do it.”
On Saturday Werder Bremen face a SC Freiburg side who are also without a win in their last six Bundesliga fixtures, and will be hoping to take advantage of the Green-Whites non-existent defence, alongside basking in the pressure raining down on the home side.
A defeat against the Baden-Württemberg outfit would leave in a dangerous position in the Bundesliga, with the possibility of Dutt being fired before the club’s next game away to Bayern Munich more of a reality.
However, Lukimya believes that Bremen are 100% motivated in recording their first win of the season against Freiburg, and in so raising the motivation levels before the start of the October international break.
The robust defender said: “It would be nice to go into the international break with a win. That would be good for the morale.”