Coach Christian Streich is happy about the victory of SC Freiburg. Photo: AFP / THOMAS KIENZLE
When SC Freiburg played in the Bundesliga against VfL Wolfsburg, it had long looked like a goalless draw. Then a remarkable hit made the decision late. SC trainer Christian Streich spoke of a "message in the book of the century".
Freiburg – Freiburg’s artistic goal scorer Jonathan Schmid had a "good" feeling even before his free-kick was well worth seeing. "I thought if I hit it right, he could go in," said the French midfielder after the 1-0 (0-0) against VfL Wolfsburg. With his shot from around 25 meters, Schmid ensured the sporting climax and the late decision in the 85th minute in a poor Bundesliga game with only a few chances to score.
"I would have been totally satisfied with a 0-0 win, I’ll be honest", SC coach Christian Streich admitted afterwards. But thanks to the first home win of the longest-serving Bundesliga coach against Wolfsburg, SC Freiburg remains close to the top flight even after matchday 14 and is even one point more successful than FC Bayern Munich with 25 points. “This is a message in the book of the century. On December 7, 2019, SC Freiburg was on the 14th matchday, because that’s a fact, in front of Bayern, ”said Streich, who doesn’t want to talk about higher goals. "That’s nice for a historical review."
Schmid had already converted a free kick last weekend, but the 2: 4 at table leaders Borussia Monchengladbach did not earn any points. In front of 23,800 spectators in the Black Forest Stadium, he managed to score the eighth direct free kick of his career – no other active professional in the Bundesliga scored that many. "Of course I’m happy, but the most important thing is that we won," said Schmid after he had secured Freiburg’s first home win against the Wolves since summer 2011. In the first half, the 29-year-old was not able to pose any problems with a free kick to VfL goalkeeper Koen Casteels (32).
Shortly before the only goal of the game, the Wolfsburg had given a great chance through Wout Weghorst (82nd). William later missed the equalizer. “We didn’t allow very much,” Streich praised the defensive work of his Breisgauer.
The first half was marked by intense duels and numerous bad passes on both sides. Little happened in the penalty areas and the flow of the game rarely happened. Compared to the 2: 4 in Gladbach, Streich had withdrawn national player Robin Koch from midfield into the defensive row and thus strengthened the defensive. In any case, both teams are among the most defensive in the league. No team has conceded fewer hits at home than the SC, while Wolfsburg is in first place in this category away from home.
After the change, the Freiburg team came into play a little better and had earned the goal more. Streich’s Wolfsburg colleague Oliver Glasner then criticized the performance of his team. "I’m not at all satisfied with our performance because we – and not for the first time this season – are often not ready to go to our performance limits," said the Austrian. "I think that’s a shame, we often make life difficult for ourselves." The Lower Saxony have now lost four times in the last five games.