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Respect from Bremen

Posted on 15 September 2010  - 12:00

Werder Bremen boss Thomas Schaaf said his side had full respect for us before Tuesday night's 2-2 draw at the Weserstadion.

Respect from Bremen

Werder Bremen boss Thomas Schaaf said his side had full respect for us before Tuesday night's 2-2 draw at the Weserstadion.

Schaaf was impressed with our performance but left wondering why Werder were so poor in the first half.

We marked our debut in the group stages of the Champions League with an excellent display in that opening period. We stormed into a 2-0 lead and could have been out of sight by the time Hugo Almeida handed the home side a lifeline just before the break.

Werder were a different team after the break, equalised quickly via Marik Marin and forced Carlo Cudicini into a couple of fine saves.

We might have nicked it at the end as it ended 2-2.

"This group is very strong," said Schaaf. "All four teams have great qualities and that was reflected in the way Tottenham played.

"We knew they can play great football and had respect before tonight."

Schaaf was left scratching his head as to how his side went from drawing 0-0 at Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich to being torn apart by us in that first half.

"How can something like this happen after the Munich game? We played with discipline there but in the first half, how could that happen?" he said.

"We have great qualities and never give up. That means we have the chance to come back and that was the positive."