Veljkovic’s return builds anticipation for the upcoming games. Regardless of any personal record this season, the 25-year-old’s aims never change. “My goals are always the same – to be in the starting XI every week. It was the same when I joined Bremen as a 20-year-old.” And Veljkovic says he would have the same aim even if Werder had lost every game that he’d started. Taking responsibility is an everyday task, said Veljkovic, so that the younger players don’t feel excluded.
“During the week we had an intense training session with a lot of duels,” said the defender. Veljkovic highlighted the importance of physicality ahead of the upcoming clash with FC Augsburg on Saturday (15:30 CET). “We have to take the initiative and play an aggressive game,” said the number 13. With this in mind, Werder and Veljkovic’s impressive record may continue.