Schlotterbeck’s prelude to BVB falls flat

Bundesliga club SC Freiburg will also have to do without defender Nico Schlottbeck and first-choice goalkeeper Mark Flekken in the top game against Borussia Dortmund.

After his positive corona test from the previous week, Schlotterbeck was in advanced training. “He was able to run before, but he didn’t train for many days,” said coach Christian Streich: “He only had one team training session after the winter break. That’s why he has to get back into the physical condition that he can play.”

Benjamin Uphoff will represent Flekken again on Friday (8:30 p.m. / DAZN) despite his unfortunate performance in the previous week. In Dortmund, SC wants to end its black series of 13 guest appearances and a total of 20 years without a win, and the first leg should serve as an encouragement. As with the 2-1 win back then, you have to be “running and moving non-stop,” explained Streich: “We have to be very alert and tighten up the spaces. Good, constructive, own possession of the ball is also important.”

In addition, it is important to get Erling Haaland under control. The central defenders “studied the Norwegian carefully”, emphasized the longest-serving coach in the league: “But that doesn’t always mean that you can defend everything.”


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