Augsburg vs Freiburg Preview

Freiburg's season begins in earnest when they travel to Augsburg ahead of their return to European action on Thursday.

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Qualifying for the Europa League by finishing fifth last season means Freiburg have to get used to three weeks filled with matches at an average of one every three days, although their coach Christian Streich insists he is not going to get ahead of himself.

"We've had so much work to do and we've been so busy with other things that I have not yet given Liberec a thought," he said.

"At the moment, the only thing on my mind is Augsburg."

That will change come the final whistle when Streich has to get his team ready for Thursday's visit of Slovan Liberec to the Dreisamstadion.

Freiburg then host Hertha Berlin before facing Stuttgart in the DFB-Pokal with a trip to Borussia Dortmund to follow.

"For now, we have to go to Augsburg, play good football and give them a game," added Streich, who does not want to underestimate his side's first opponents in a marathon of games.

"They are an extremely aggressive team who are very robust physically and hardly give you any room to breathe.

"They are a side who have really developed a lot recently."

That development has seen the Bavarians win their last two Bundesliga matches to clamber away from the danger zone after starting the season with two defeats.

"With our fantastic fans behind us, we want to keep the three points here in Augsburg so that we can finally make our start to the season positive," said their coach Markus Weinzierl.

He has a new weapon in his armoury too with Hong Jeong-ho arriving just prior to the transfer deadline, although he will have to wait a little longer before making his debut.

"He's only just got back from a trip with his national team yesterday, meeting the team for the first time," said Weinzierl.

"We'll take things step by step with him."

There could be one new face in the Freiburg side, though, with the Czech Republic's Vladimir Darida in with a chance of featuring.

"If he's fit, then he is a candidate for the starting XI," said Streich, who found time in his busy schedule to catch his club's new signing in action against Italy on Tuesday night.



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