Kres Harrington predicts ‘indictment on Bundesliga’ if Heidenheim relegate Werder Bremen

Kres Harrington

DW TV‘s Sports anchor Kres Harrington says it would be an ‘indictment on the Bundesliga’ if Heidenheim relegates Werder Bremen after tonight’s 2nd leg of the relegation/promotion playoff.

Werder Bremen are looking to avoid an end to their 40-years in Germany’s top flight and will be hoping to pick a positive result in Heidenheim.

The first encounter between the two sides ended in a goalless draw in Bremen. As it stands, Heidenheim holds the final say on Bremen’s future in the Bundesliga – can Frank Schmidt‘s side finally put an end to such interesting history?

Kres Harrington says this would be an indictment against the German top flight and the quality there exists.

“If Heidenheim defeats Werder Bremen it’s an indictment against the quality currently existing in the top flight,” Kres tells The Touchline Sports.

“A strong 2nd division defense should be vulnerable against a top-flight side” and if it’s not then the top-flight needs to step up.”

“The top-flight, in theory, should always defeat the 2nd division side. Top-flight teams are playing against better competition year-round.”

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The former broadcast journalist with the American Forces Network in the US military also denotes that the competitive nature of the Bundesliga as compared to the second tier, the Bundesliga 2 leaves no doubt of who should be winning this.

The competitiveness gets the indictment over Werder Bremen. If it were a playoff match against a side that recently got promoted is one thing.”

He also describes the turn of events in Bremen’s season as ridiculous.

“Bremen finished 8th last season and now they are playing for survival. In a word it’s ridiculous.”

When asked for his opinion on the scenario if Heidenheim makes it past Werder Bremen, Kres says,

“All the best of course but my point is simply there are two leagues for a reason.”
“Some believe the playoff should be abolished.”

Last season, Union Berlin were promoted to the Bundesliga for the very first time in their history following a victory against VfB Stuttgart on away goals in the relegation/promotion play-offs.

Can Heidenheim make it past Werder Bremen to play in the Bundesliga for the very first time in their history?


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