Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Freiburg with Bundesliga’s tightest defense to test Bayern

BERLIN (NWN) — The highest-scoring team in the Bundesliga will face the club with the strongest defense.

Bayern Munich, surprisingly, lead the league and have scored a record 38 goals for this stage of the season. The defending champions will test their scoring skills on Saturday against third-placed Freiburg, the only unbeaten side in the league.

Freiburg, which traditionally sells its best players every year to stay financially secure, have won six games this season and drawn four and scored only seven goals in those 10 matches.

In contrast, Bayern’s defense has been weak. The team has scored nine goals in their last three matches in all competitions, including a 5–0 defeat at Borussia Mönchengladbach. In the German Cup.

Freiburg coach Christian Streich expects “a lot of strength and a lot of quality” in Munich.

“I hope we too can respond with force and quality to the best of our ability,” Stritch said.

Freiburg never beat Bayern in Munich. The team leveled 1-1 in November 2018 with a goal in the 89th minute from Lukas Höller. The earlier draws were in 1997 and 1995.

“We’ll fight and play, and then we’ll see what it turns out to be,” said Streich, who noted his team’s comfortable position in the standings. “It’s great that we can go there without pressure.”

Unlucky for Freiburg, Bayern forward Robert Lewandowski appears to be in the form of his life. The 33-year-old Poland striker scored a hat-trick in his 100th Champions League appearance on Tuesday and scored 20 goals in 15 appearances for Bayern this season.

Lewandowski broke Gerd Müller’s Bundesliga record by scoring 41 goals in the league last season and is playing with the confidence of someone who wants to do it again.

Bayern have dropped points only twice in the Bundesliga so far, in a surprise loss to Eintracht Frankfurt and a draw with Gladbach. A 5–0 loss to Gladbach in the German Cup would help coach Julian Nagelsmann to propel the team for many games to come.

Freiburg could be next in line after Union Berlin and Benfica both scored five goals in Bayern’s two matches since losing to Gladbach.

Freiburg midfielder Nicolas “Chicco” Höffler said: “We are quite realistic to know who we are playing and how the game goes in general.” “Still, we are full of confidence at the moment and we will take it to the game in Munich. We want to throw everything in order to be as successful as possible. And if that doesn’t work, we want to at least take a point.”


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