di Santo Shows Promise

Werder Bremen manager Robin Dutt says that his team are extremely confident ahead of the new Bundesliga season. The club recently managed a 3-0 win over Chelsea in a pre-season friendly match. This good results has raised expectations in the last few days. Werder Bremen, though, have struggled for results in the last few seasons. They narrowly managed to preserve their Bundesliga status last season after finishing 12th in the table. This season, though, there is a lot of promise primarily from striker Franco di Santo.

The former Chelsea striker played against his former team and contributed immensely to the 3-0 victory. He was part of the 30 man shortlist for Argentina’s World Cup 2014 squad before being left out of the final 23 man squad. The 25-year-old has come a long way in the last few years, but this is seen as his breakthrough season. Even though he made 24 appearances in the league last season, he managed just four goals. In fact, his best ever tally in a league campaign came in the 2011-12 season with Wigan when he scored seven goals in 32 matches.

Di Santo recently spoke about having to improve his goals per game ratio in order to be regarded a consistent player for the Argentina national team.

"Werder Bremen are being made out to be too small. I do believe that, with the opportunities we've got here, we have got what it takes to challenge. It would be a big surprise. For that to happen, really so much would have to come together. We could do without any injury misfortune and the players would have to develop in the best possible way, and one or two of our rivals would have had to fail with their transfers," said the Bremen manager ahead of the team’s first match of the season against Hertha Berlin.