Will SC Freiburg rotate in Nantes? Christian Streich made at least a few hints on Wednesday evening and one professional from the regular squad is banged up
“I’m fine, I had symptoms like aching limbs for two or three days,” Streich reported on the course of his corona infection in Nantes on Wednesday evening. He had missed the two most recent games against Nantes (2-0) and at Hertha BSC (2-2) because of it and returned to the pitch for the final training session on Wednesday morning. Despite the good digital and telephone exchange in the well-rehearsed coaching team, the 57-year-old is happy to be back in the thick of things: “Watching the games in front of the TV is not so pleasant. “
Many are curious about Streich’s choice of personnel in western France, after the same eleven had started six times recently. Will the rotation already announced in the summer now begin? “The team has played well and successfully, the players have stayed healthy,” the SC coach explained the consistency of personnel, which is unusual in English weeks, but added: “Of course there will be changes in the near future. “
Chasing duel increases chance of starting eleven for previous substitutes
Just when exactly? Streich himself mentioned the “very intense game” in Munich on Sunday evening. The chasing duel will be the ultimate stress test for the surprise runners-up in the Bundesliga, who are currently two points ahead of the record champions. And it could increase the chances for the current substitutes to start in Nantes on Thursday evening. Then Streich could field an at least partially rested starting line-up at Bayern.
In addition, Daniel-Kofi Kyereh, who scored one goal in each of the last three games, travelled to the Europa League match with muscular problems. This could be an open position for Nils Petersen, Woo-Yeong Jeong, Lucas Höler and Kevin Schade. The U-21 international was the wild card for the late 2:2 equaliser in Berlin on Sunday, and recently came off the bench six times after his six-month break (abdominal muscle surgery). “He could play 60 to 70 minutes from the start,” Streich estimates. Yannik Keitel, who set up Schade’s goal on Sunday, and Lukas Kübler are also pushing for the eleven.
Röhl should continue to gain playing time in the 3. league
The only fit player missing from the plane to Nantes was Merlin Röhl. “We had a longer conversation with him, last time he had wisdom tooth surgery. We told him that it would be better if he played in the 3rd division again on Saturday. Because the playing time he gets in the 3rd Division helps him. Also for when he might be on the pitch in a Bundesliga or Europa League game in three or four weeks’ time,” said Streich, explaining the situation of the U-20 international, who was signed from FC Ingolstadt in mid-August for no less than €2.9 million.
Röhl will have to make do with the TV experience and will possibly watch his team-mates’ fourth win in their fourth Europa League match. “The atmosphere is great, everyone is up for going beyond the limits and striving for the next three points with one hundred percent energy,” promises regular keeper Mark Flekken full commitment. Unlike in Piraeus, where there were strict security measures including strict fan segregation, there will be a joint march for SC supporters to the Stade de la Beaujoire. With 1500 ticktes sold, the away ticket quota is exhausted.