“Bayern took us very seriously, it shows how well Freiburg is playing” – The Athletic – Nach Welt

Shortly before the international break, Freiburg lost its first Bundesliga game of the season 2-1 at Bayern Munich. They felt “angry and proud,” says their winger Vincenzo Grifo. It’s an unusual pair of adjectives, as they say in football talk, but perfect for a team that does very unusual things.

After four months of the season, Christian Streich’s team is sensationally third in the table, and measured against its modest salary budget of around 50 million euros, it is the biggest high-flyer in Europe’s top leagues. They also have to be the only team unlucky not to get a draw with perennial champions 2021/22 as they pushed Bayern much harder than much better equipped teams like Barcelona (3-0), Benfica (4-0 ). , 5-2) or Bayer Leverkusen (5-1), all of which were helplessly outplayed.

“If Jannik Haberer hadn’t scored so late in the game, in the 93rd minute, we might have had a chance at a point,” Grifo told The Athletic. “It’s a bit annoying, even if there are of course no guarantees. But we can really build on this performance. Bayern were incredibly focused, you could see that they took us as opponents very seriously. That shows how well we’ve played so far. It was good to see that we could also play our game in the Allianz Arena. We weren’t intimidated by the opportunity. We made it really difficult for Bayern. “

Apart from the result, the trip to Bavaria showed everything that is right for the club from the sunny south-west of Germany. Freiburg pushed Bayern high up for big jumps with energy, courage and precision, which disrupted the home team’s rhythm. They also used the ball well to create dangerous transition situations.



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