Bundesliga season finale
By René Kübler, Matthias Jung (dpa)
Thursday, May 12, 2022 at 17.03
SC Freiburg |
After 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 third place Bayer Leverkusen – for several reasons.
Just a few weeks ago, SC Freiburg was praised for its stable defense. After the 30th matchday, Breisgauer had conceded the third fewest goals of all Bundesliga clubs with 34. The defense around Nico Schlotterbeck, Christian Günter, Philipp Lienhart and Mark Flekken – all national 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
That is not the only reason why Christian Streich still has not escaped SC Freiburg’s 4-1 defeat against Union Berlin. The defensive behavior against Berlin was “unacceptable”, Streich said immediately after the match. Admittedly, the video studio afterwards also brought positive things to light. But besides some referee decisions that were controversial from the coach’s point of view, there were also mistakes from his team to complain about. “We did not defend well enough,” Streich said, for example. And he also rated some individual performances as inadequate.
For example, Jonathan Schmids, who in the eyes of his coach had not brought enough energy to the field after coming in. “I expect a different behavior from him as an experienced player. For the young players looking at him,” Streich clarified. Unusually clear words that the Freiburg football coach only uttered in public because he had already internally discussed the in-depth with Schmid. “Then I can say this too.”
Avoid negative experiences
An announcement that probably should also apply to the whole team. In the last Bundesliga match of this season in Bayer Leverkusen, they will show a different face. Before Saturday’s match against third-placed and confident Champions League participants, Streich got his professionals trained in training to better control their opponents again. It was about the timing at the start, about being aware of the distances or of the remaining defense when in possession of the ball.
“We had a really good season. We will now end it with a really good match.” Christian Streich
Because Streich wants to prevent his team from getting another blow to the neck in Leverkusen and then going to the DFB Cup final on May 21 against RB Leipzig with a negative experience. “It’s also about going into another climax a week later in Berlin with a positive feeling and positive energy.”
Crown great season
Streich should be noted that the likely wasted chance for the Champions League ranks him. Still, he does not want to change Freiburg’s style of play. “We try to play football and also play football with risk.” Even though he has criticized the defensive and expects more from it than against the Union: Nothing should change in the basic offensive orientation. “We played a really good season,” Streich stressed: “We will now end it with a really good match.”
“Losing finals is a shame, winning finals is great.” Christian Streich
In Leverkusen, his team, which apart from the ailing offensive player Kevin Schade is in full force, should “enter the match with his head held high and with faith in himself,” said Streich. For a good result would also be better mentally for the preparation for the cup. “We can win an awful lot and lose an awful lot,” Streich said of the Leverkusen match. There and in the cup final it is about “a lot. More is not possible.” He and his players also wanted to “show that we deserve to be where we are now”. The 56-year-old concluded about the cup game: “Losing finals is a shame, winning finals is great.”