Monday, November 29

FC Bayern in front of your chest, the Champions League not (yet) in your head

The scenes from November 3, 2018 are currently running up and down on the social media channels of SC Freiburg. The Breisgauer dubbed the video from 1: 1 three years ago at Bayern Munich as an “emotional explosion”. There should be similar emotions on Saturday (3:30 p.m. / Sky) when the third competes in one of the most surprising top pairings in the recent history of the Bundesliga.

“That is basically pleasant,” commented successful coach Christian Streich, completely relaxed, about the opportunity to draw level with Bayern in his 300th first division game on the sidelines: “Our current situation leads to a certain serenity. The team is very stable and very hungry. It’s great that we can travel to Munich with this kind of ease. “

The outstanding form of the only undefeated team in German professional football, which has been playing pranks under the guidance of mastermind for months as if from one piece, is also reflected in various statistics.

Dreaming not (yet) allowed

With 13 points from the last five games, the SC is the best team in this phase. Only seven goals conceded in the first ten match days are the top value in the league. With ten matches without defeat, the Breisgauers have equalized their club record, the lead on a place outside the Champions League is already six points.

All of this means that fans are already dreaming of the premier class. After all, the SC was only once that late in a season in third place – and stayed that way until the end of the 1994/95 season. The fact that of the 32 clubs that were unbeaten after the tenth match day ended up finishing 28 in the top four also stimulates the fans’ imagination.

The professionals don’t want to know anything about it (yet). “If we start dreaming now – I think it just backfires,” said full-back Lukas Kübler in the “kicker”: “With this attitude we don’t run the risk of overpacing. Our way of thinking is modest, but good because it helps us to keep playing like this and not spin around. “

Spinning is not the reason for the soaring anyway. Rather, it is the constant work that is rewarded. The fact that the longest-serving coach, who is also seen by many experts as the best coach in the league, has had most of his team under his wing for years and did not have to cope with the usual upheaval in the summer, is now paying off.

The squad is broader than ever before. Top performers such as Christian Günter, Vincenzo Grifo, Nicolas Höfler and Lucas Höler show their skills week after week. There are also up-and-coming professionals such as Nico Schlotterbeck, Mark Flekken and Kevin Schade, who have top player potential. “Everyone has improved and gained more experience,” said Kübler, explaining the success: “Because the league is all about nuances, we’ve taken a big step.”

A victory in Munich would also be a huge step – because on this point the statistics speak against Freiburg: SC has never won at Bayern or away from a leader. But anything seems possible this season.

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