Friborg quietly enjoying excellent form at the start of the season
With all attention on Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund and Bayer Leverkusen, Christian Streich’s SC Freiburg are enjoying an exceptional start to the 2021-22 season.
Freiburg bade farewell to its longtime iconic home Dreisamstadion last weekend with a 3-0 victory over Augsburg. With views straight out of a movie stage, the old-fashioned stadium has long been a haven for supporters, who have watched the German giants stumble and fall within its walls. Last August, Dortmund were beaten 2-1 at Freiburg.
Streich, affectionately known as “the philosopher of the Black Forest”, is the longest-serving manager in the Bundesliga. He couldn’t hold back tears as he stepped into the stands after Augsburg’s victory for sing with the supporters: “Im Dreisamstadion, hier sind wir zuhaus” – this is where we are at home.
Streich’s side sit in fifth place in the Bundesliga after six games, with three wins and three draws to their name. At this point in last season, Freiburg was 13th with a win on Matchday 1 of the season. After opening the campaign with a DFB-Pokal victory over the Wurzburger Kickers, he drew against Arminia Bielefeld before beating Dortmund and Stuttgart in his next two matches.
While the offense has yet to kick off in full swing, sitting roughly in the middle of the league with nine goals scored, Freiburg has been a rock defensively – four goals conceded in six are good for second best. division record thus far.
Freiburg have the opportunity to continue their form from the start of the season when they travel to the capital to face struggling Hertha, who have lost four of their six league games and hold the league’s worst defensive record with 18 goals. cashed. While there isn’t an easy game in the Bundesliga, the schedule certainly looks tougher on paper after Hertha – games against RB Leipzig and third-placed Wolfsburg follow.
Streich and his team will be eager to maintain their solid form and get off to a good start in their new home, which will be officially opened with a friendly against 2.Bundesliga side St. Pauli on October 7th.