Coach Christian Streich is asking Freiburg to focus on his squad even after reaching the season’s goal of 40 points. “For us, it is about positions at the table, reputation, recognition,” said the 55-year-old before the home game against TSG Hoffenheim (Saturday, 3:30 pm).
“We are very ambitious. I don’t see any reason why we shouldn’t play the match with full commitment,” said the coach of the Supreme Committee. Especially since the gap to seventh place, which may be enough to qualify for the Conference League, is only three points.
Santamaria is missing – Griffo before returning
However, the banned midfield driver in yellow Baptiste Santamaria will be absent from Kraichgauer, but attacking player Vincenzo Grifo may return to the starting line-up for the first time after contracting the Coronavirus.
Draws respect for Hoffenheim
Streich said he expected a “very competitive and dynamic game” and added, “They are back to important people. A lot is now true to them. That looks good tactically.”
“As long as we are not vaccinated, you should take such measures.”
The Freiburg coach has welcomed the fact that there will be stricter rules on Corona in the latest boom of the Bundesliga season. Streich believes that the German Football League has ordered a mandatory training camp to be quarantined two days before the last game of this season, “necessary, appropriate and correct.” In any case, the decisions made by the Bundesliga and those in charge of the club during the year of Corona were “very reasonable”. As long as we are not vaccinated, you should take such measures.
As they did a year ago, Freiburg residents will move to a quarantine training camp at the nearby Elztalhotel in May. In Elztal, the sports club was already “well looked after and in good hands,” and the surrounding woodland offers plenty of opportunities for hiking or mountain bike tours, says Streich.