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Matchday 16: “Humility has returned”: Freiburg goes down in Wolfsburg

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Freiburg loses significantly in Wolfsburg and reveals unusual weaknesses. An application for the Champions League looks different. Second place is gone, now comes Eintracht Frankfurt.

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Christian Streich rarely seems really satisfied, but this afternoon SC Freiburg’s one-of-a-kind coach was served like seldom before. Tight-lipped, gnarly, almost defiantly, the 57-year-old analyzed the desolate performance of his selection on his anniversary day of all times. “It’s best if I don’t say anything, then I won’t say anything wrong,” said Streich after the 0: 6 (0: 3) in the Bundesliga at VfL Wolfsburg, which cost the sports club second place and possibly a lot of self-confidence.

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“Humility,” said Streich, has “definitely returned to the high-flying Breisgauers, that’s clear.” The next tough test is already waiting on Wednesday with the game against the new Bayern pursuer Eintracht Frankfurt (8.30 p.m. / Sky). “Now we have to make sure that we get on the pitch well on Wednesday. Look at a few things, deal with the defeat sensibly,” said Streich, who experienced a game as Freiburg coach for the first time eleven years ago on Saturday to the day.

The Breisgauer could have reduced the gap to the leaders from Munich to two points with a win. had. It turned out very differently. Both Frankfurt and 1. FC Union Berlin passed. “Wolfsburg was freezing in the first half,” said SC captain Christian Günter: “Ultimately, we can’t let ourselves be shot down like that. That shouldn’t happen to us. But it happened now. Luckily it’s an English week and we can on Wednesday show a different face.”

Ginter: “It’s currently inexplicable”

Patrick Wimmer had shocked the guests early with his goal in the second minute, after that not much went together. The Sports Club seemed alarmingly sluggish, error-prone, and complicated. Jonas Wind (28th and 37th) increased in the first half. Yannick Gerhardt (56th), Ridle Baku (80th) and substitute ex-Freiburger Luca Waldschmidt (90th + 4 / penalty kick) also hit the Freiburg fan heart. “Because we were so bad in duels,” said Streich about the reasons for the defeat. “Then you lose 0:6.”

In the previous first round games before the World Cup break, the sports club, which has been working hard for years, had made people sit up and take notice several times. Second place until Saturday was neither undeserved nor coincidental. “We trained well and had good preparation,” said national player Matthias Ginter on Sky. “We have big plans for the rest of the season and we wanted to be back straight away. It’s currently inexplicable.”

Unsurprisingly, Streich’s fellow coach Niko Kovac was in a completely different mood. “After the 2-0 with the second shot on goal, it’s just an evening that will be a sure-fire success, where you can hardly do anything wrong,” said the ex-professional.

The Wolfsburg are unbeaten in nine league games and confirmed their role as a serious contender for the European places. “It was an isolated case, I think. Something like that doesn’t happen every day,” Kovac summed up. “We’re happy to take that with us, but we still have to think in the right direction for the next games.”

Source: Stern

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