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Werder is favourite against Schalke: Basler

OBERHAUSEN, GERMANY - APRIL 28: Head coach Mario Basler of Oberhausen gives advise during the Third League match between RW Oberhausen and Jahn Regensburg at the Niederrhein Stadium on April 28, 2012 in Oberhausen, Germany. (Photo by Friedemann Vogel/Bongarts/Getty Images)
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The former Werder Bremen footballer believes his ex-team will be able to beat the Royal Blues in tonights DFB-Pokal Quarterfinal match.

Schalke and the Veltins-Arena are ready to host Werder Bremen in the DFB-Pokal Quarterfinal tonight in Germany.

And former German cup winner Mario Basler is sure the Greens are favourites for tonight’s match.

“Werder have been excellent so far this season. In Florian Kohfeldt they have a superb coach, who has just won an award. He has sparked something new in the team. It is a pleasure to watch Werder Bremen right now,” Basler told the Germany Football Association (DFB) official website.

“When you bring together a squad, you all need to have the same aim. I find it pleasing that Werder Bremen once again as a club as saying ‘we want Europe’. That speaks for the club.”

He added: “For me today, Werder are the favourites. Schalke 04 have recently been fighting against relegation and beat Hannover 96 1-0 this weekend. I watched Werder play against Borussia Dortmund in the previous round.”

“Werder played excellently and were tactically sound too, even though it was when Dortmund was having a dip in form. I think Bremen have a very realistic chance to get to the semi-finals.”

“I remember I got taken off a little early and so I was a bit annoyed, especially as it was against my former club. But despite everything, we won the final 3-1 and I had scored a goal. It was also my first trophy,” he said about the DFB-Pokal Final in 1994.

“Everyone knows we had an extraordinarily good relationship. Otto allowed me to have a lot of freedom and it was fantastic for him to work so well with the players. He was worth gold dust for Werder Bremen. He spent fourteen years in Bremen as head coach and won several trophies with Werder. Otto was also always able to assemble brilliant, experienced teams during his time at the club.”