Bundesliga season finale
By René Kübler, Matthias Jung (dpa)
From 12 May 2022 at 17:03 Uhr
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After the 1: 4 against Union Berlin, coach Streich wants to have a positive experience with SC Freiburg on the last day of the Bundesliga match against Bayer Leverkusen, third in the standings, for several reasons.
Just a few weeks ago, SC Freiburg were praised for their stable defense. After matchday 30, Breisgauer had conceded the third fewest goals of all Bundesliga teams with 34. The defense around Nico Schlotterbeck, Christian Günter, Philipp Lienhart and Mark Flekken – all national team players – was considered one of the safest.
But after conceding ten goals against Borussia Mönchengladbach (3: 3), the victory in Hoffenheim (4: 3) and the home defeat against Union Berlin (1: 4), this impression has changed.
Unacceptable defensive behavior
This is not the only reason Christian Streich has not yet given up on SC Freiburg’s 4-1 defeat against Union Berlin. The defensive behavior against Berlin was “unacceptable,” Streich said immediately after the match. Of course, the subsequent video study also unearthed positive things. But in addition to some controversial refereeing decisions from the manager’s point of view, there were also some mistakes made by his team to complain about. “We didn’t defend ourselves well enough,” said Streich, for example. And he also rated some individual performances as insufficient.
For example, that of Jonathan Schmid, who, in the eyes of his coach, had not brought enough energy to the field after entering the field. “I expect a different attitude from him as an experienced player. Because young people watch him,” Streich clarified. Unusually clear words, which the Freiburg football manager only spoke publicly because he had already discussed them in detail internally with Schmid. “Then I can say it here too.”
Avoid bad experiences
An announcement that probably also applies to the whole team. In the last Bundesliga match of this season at Bayer Leverkusen, they want to show a different face. Before Saturday’s game against third-placed, sure-footed Champions League participants, Streich had his pros train in training to better control opponents again. It was a question of timing in the start phase, of attention to the distance or of the defense remaining in possession of the ball.
“We had a really good season. Now we want to end it with a good match.” Christian Streich
Because Streich wants to prevent his team from getting another blow to the neck at Leverkusen and then drive to the DFB Cup final on May 21 against RB Leipzig with a negative experience. “It’s also about you going to another highlight a week later in Berlin with a positive feeling and positive energy.”
Crown the great season
Streich is notable that the probable missed opportunity of the Champions League irritates him. However, he doesn’t want to change Freiburg’s style of play. “We try to play football and also to play football with risk”. Even if he has criticized the defensive and expects more from it than against the Union: nothing should change in the fundamentally offensive orientation. “We played a very good season”, Streich underlined: “Now we want to end it with a good match.”
“Losing the finals sucks, winning the finals is great.” Christian Streich
In Leverkusen, his side, which, apart from struggling attacking player Kevin Schade, are fully booked, should “enter the game with their heads held high and with self-confidence,” said Streich. Because a good result would be even better mentally for the preparation for the cup. “We can win a lot and lose a lot,” Streich said of the Leverkusen game. There and in the cup final there is talk of “a lot. More is not possible”. He and his players also wanted to “prove that we deserve to be where we are now”. The 56-year-old concluded on the cup match: “Losing the finals sucks, winning the finals is fantastic.”