“We have an initial situation that nobody could have expected,” said Freiburg captain Christian Günter. “Maybe after the third match day you can go to the top game in Munich as SC Freiburg. But after ten match days, I don’t think that was the case. ”In fact, this constellation is unique: the fact that both teams are in the top three before a direct duel has never happened before.
Hard to believe for the people of Freiburg. “Sometimes we say: How amazing, we haven’t lost since August! None of us know that, ”said defender Lukas Kübler to the“ kicker ”. The starting position in Freiburg is the result of constant work by an exceptional coach and excellent squad planning. Streich has been working as a professional coach for his club of the hearts for almost ten years, and there has never been an even rudimentary expulsion of the 56-year-old.
“Quality extremely improved”
And the native of Baden has never been allowed to train such a strong team. “We lost almost no one this summer and we have added a lot of youngsters. We have simply improved extremely in terms of quality, in recent years we have. This year it seems to be an extra step, ”said Captain Günter. “And the team is hungry, everyone gives everything for success.”
In summer 2020, the SC had to give up Luca Waldschmidt, Robin Koch and goalkeeper Alexander Schwolow and thus three top performers, a year later only the regulars Florian Müller and Baptiste Santamaria left, who were replaced more than equally. Instead of Müller, Mark Flekken, who had been injured for a long time and recently made it into the Dutch national team, is now in goal. For Santamaria, Maximilian Eggestein came from Werder Bremen – a player who not so long ago was associated with a top club like BVB.
“No longer the Gallic village”
“Freiburg has long ceased to be the small Gallic village somewhere in Breisgau,” said Hertha managing director Fredi Bobic a few weeks ago. The club has grown and with it structures. The SC recently moved to the new stadium, where the Champions League anthem could even sound in the future.
Günter laughs when asked about it. “We know we have extreme potential. But if we start talking about ourselves now, and afterwards we don’t bring it onto the pitch, then we are the idiot of the nation, ”said the 28-year-old before the top game.
No declarations of war, but new self-confidence
The Freiburgers will therefore not travel to Munich with big declarations of war. “Humility” remains one of the favorite words of Streich and Co. before the top game – this also applies to the domestic contribution to the previous surprise team of the season.
ÖFB team player Philipp Lienhart emphasized in an interview with the online portal Sport1.de: “This humility has always distinguished SC Freiburg, and that’s what makes us successful.” the increased self-confidence (“We’re going to Munich with a big chest”) expresses it. “We have a lot of quality in the team and we didn’t steal the points. We deserve to be up there. “
Bavaria pay their respects to Freiburg
This did not escape the upcoming opponent either. Bayern coach Julian Nagelsmann raved about the home game in the sold out Allianz Arena in Freiburg. “This is a very likeable club that has been making the most of its opportunities for years.”
He described his counterpart as an “extremely positive character” who not only had an opinion on football issues. Streich is an “outstanding coach” who would not only work there: “Christian could train any other club in Europe.”
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