Werder Bremen coach Thomas Schaaf has vowed to go on the attack when his side face Inter in tonight’s Group G encounter.
Despite his team’s poor start to the Bundesliga season, Schaaf refuses to compromise his attacking principles.
“Obviously we are not happy with our performances and with the results we’ve had in these first weeks of the season,” he said.
“Still I think we can play a great match tomorrow against a traditional side like Inter,” Schaaf said .
“Last season we won the league and the cup playing with an attacking mentality throughout and I believe that we can repeat those results only if we continue with the same style,” he said.
“That’s why I will field two forwards tomorrow.”
“I watched Inter’s first game of the season [a 2-2 draw at Chievo Verona on Saturday] and they did not start as expected either,” he added.
“However, they are surely a strong side with several great players. They play attacking football now [Roberto] Mancini has taken over as coach. We also play attacking football so I expect a very entertaining game.”
Bremen are without Umit Davala, Gustavo, Daniel Jensen and Krisztian Lisztes, all of whom are injured.
New Inter coach Roberto Mancini has also given little away ahead of the game.
“I have to decide between four forwards,” Mancini said.
“Adriano and Vieri were a bit tired after playing on Saturday [and] I will decide only after the last training session ahead of the game.”
Marco Materazzi and Ivan Cordoba will start at the back due to the suspension of Sinisa Mihajlovic. Carlos Gamarra and Nicolas Burdisso are both injured.
Mancini is concerned that his players are not as fit as their German counterparts due to the fact that the Italian season kicked-off several weeks later than the Bundesliga.
“They started their domestic league much earlier than us so they are probably in better condition,” he said.
“They are a typical German side, really solid and organised. They lost their last domestic league game but Champions League matches are completely different. We have seen them playing several times and we know it will be a tough game for us. All their players are tall and strong physically.”