NAfter a 2-1 win against Werder Bremen, Sandro Schwarz was not too keen on receiving praise this week. His team had implemented almost never before in this season, what the coach wants to see: tactically defensive defensive work, coupled with passionate runners use the Bundesliga daily best of almost 124 kilometers running distance. In addition strategically smart play structure, crowned by the previously missing efficiency in front of the opponent's goal. "But there is no reason to succumb to complacency. We can only win more games if we always throw the same readiness back into the balance, "said Schwarz.
He had these words already on the next opponent on this Saturday (15.30 clock / live in the F.A.Z. Liveticker for Bundesliga and Sky) in view: The SC Freiburg is the model in the Bundesliga for mentality. The Black Forests are going through a not so easy phase of a creeping squad change. The club can not afford reinforcements with obvious potential and must instead hope that players make the breakthrough, which was denied the step to Bundesliga players elsewhere. Nevertheless, the club has been in the past season a difficult fight against relegation and has started this season passable.
Freiburg and Mainz are similar in many ways: from the coinage as a university town to still classic club structures and the appreciation for their own junior performance centers. And yet the clubs have moved away from each other in recent years. Mainz 05 now has better starting conditions in the transfer market: thanks to a clever transfer policy, the team has a significantly higher staff budget. Experienced players such as Daniel Brosinski or Danny Latza, who experience their career highlight in Mainz, home-grown players such as captain Stefan Bell, the currently injured Ridle Baku and Florian Müller or the goalkeeper representative Robin Zentner and a lot of mostly young talents from around the world as the Ivorian international Jean -Philippe Gbamin, the Cameroonian Pierre customer or the Dutchman Jean-Paul Boetius make an exciting squad.
The talents want to use Mainz as a stepping stone as the last one after only one year for 30 million euros transfer fee to Dortmund Abdou Diallo.
Freiburg with eleven Germans in the starting eleven
Freiburg has remained as Mainz 05 once was in times before the annual big transfer wins: Apart from the leaders like Mike Frantz or Nils Petersen, the majority of the squad consists of players who have moved from the second Bundesliga to Freiburg or elsewhere in the attempt have failed to establish themselves in excellence. From their highly acclaimed junior performance center, however, the Freiburger currently have less income for the first team than for example the Mainz from their talent factory. Before this season, the club after all, the services of seasoned Bundesliga players like Dominique Heintz or Jérôme Gondorf secured, after some transfer venture had gone wrong in the previous year.
The result of the new squad planning is that, surprisingly, Freiburg has so far accumulated in an ever more international league with ten to eleven Germans in the starting eleven. "I have great respect for their intensity. Freiburg brings character and willpower to the field like no other team, "says Schwarz. The Mainz 05 of the present with greater individual quality must therefore prove that it can withstand the old ego of a troupe with classical German virtues.