Secure the runners-up sport
The positions are clearly distributed befor the upcoming encounter between the BVB and Freiburg in the Breisgau on Sunday: Borussia, since last week back on place 2, regained its strength during the last weeks, while Freiburg, standing on the bottom of the table (17th), is struggling to remain in the Bundesliga. Both clubs know about their standing and are highly motivated to reach their goal: On the one hand securing the runners-up and on the other hand escaping the relegation spots.
First of all, we are going to have a closer look at our opponent. The team of coach Streich really was not successful at all during the last weeks. The 5 latest matches were not won, but nevertheless Streich has a straight tactic in mind: “We will go into this match with joy. We want to fight against Dortmund and furthermore try to play on them. Therefore we have to play boldly, develop the right strategy, present ourselves robustly in tackles and show a high running and fighting involvement.”
Another aspect possibly contributing to the motivation is the fact that the game will be Freiburg’s 500th jubilee-match in the Bundesliga. But you also have to see that Streich never before was able to gain points against the BVB in his career as a Bundesliga coach. Another curious fact: When Borussia was guest in Freiburg, the SC never won!
Klopp already made speculations about the opponent’s strategy, believing that the will try to make use of long passes to overcome Borussia’s pressing. Nevertheless, our coach is sure to find a way to thwart this plan.
On Borussia’s side, there are of course some personal problems, as usual. The latest development during the preparation for the international games was a knee-injury of our polish top-striker Robert Lewandowski. It is not sure yet if Klopp is going to put him in the squat or not, as no more serious injury should be risked by letting him play against the ambitious Freiburg players. A possible solution for the problem: Aubameyang. Although the choice could also fall on Julian Schieber, our ‘official’ substitute for Lewandowski, it is more likely to see Aubameyang in his new role as striker. Apart from this more or less unimportant question-mark (because Lewandowski will nevertheless be back soon), it is obvious that our team can be victorious in the Breisgau. Concentration and passion are needed, because it is not the easy task that it appears to be regarding the standings. But which game is actually easy?
To put it in a nutshell, the distance in the table between the two clubs will probably not be recognizable on Sunday. Teams fighting to stay in the league always tend to outgrow themselves when meeting apparently superior opponents. The only thing we can do now is support our team and trust in their capability to make the best out of every situation!
SC Freiburg: Baumann - Sorg, Krmas, Ginter, C. Günter - Schuster, Fernandes - Schmid, Darida, Klaus - Mehmedi
Borussia Dortmund: Weidenfeller - Piszczek, Sokratis, Hummels, Schmelzer - Kehl, Sahin - Reus, H. Mkhitaryan, Großkreutz - Lewandowski
Referee: Peter Gagelmann
Stadium: Mage-Solar-Stadium, Freiburg
Kick-off: Sunday, 9.3.2014, 3:30 PM CET