Nevertheless, the 31-year-old is not letting the game affect his mentality. “We know that we still need to pick up more points, but at the same time we’re not doing badly on 23 points,” he says. Setbacks are part of the game and so instead of letting it rattle him, the Werder man is keen to prove that the loss was just a slip-up. “Now is the time to show we can bounce back,” he asserts.
However as Clemens Fritz emphasised in his midweek update, defending against Frankfurt will be a very tough challenge. Ömer Toprak needs no reminding of the quality of Friday’s guests at the wohninvest WESERSTADION: “We know that the most in-form team in the league is coming on Friday. We have to be back at our best and show a completely different side of our game compared to the Hoffenheim match.” Although Toprak and the rest of Florian Kohfeldt’s team will be going into the Bundesliga clash as underdogs, he intends to approach the game with the same principle as always: “Every game is a challenge and it will be no different on Friday.”