Dusseldorf vs Freiburg Preview

Freiburg coach Christian Streich will be treating Dusseldorf like any other opponents on Saturday.

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Dusseldorf are back in the Bundesliga after a 15-year absence, but this inexperience does not alter Streich's game plan and he is full of respect for his side's opponents.

"We don't have any special plans depending on who we are facing," he said.

"Freiburg go into every game trying to win it.

"It makes no difference if we are up against a fellow candidate for relegation - we don't recognise six-pointers."

In view of the current league table, neither side are running any particular risk of relegation, although Streich says it is far too early to read anything into such statistics.

"It is 31 matchdays too soon to make any kind of summary about the league table or the number of points," he told the Fortuna Dusseldorf website.

"We are well advised to prioritise the way we play and not the results. In the end, the league table will hopefully make for happy reading and speak for itself."

Freiburg make the trip to Dusseldorf with only one injury doubt hanging over Jan Rosenthal.

The home team will be backed by only 25,000 fans once again with capacity restrictions in place for the last time following a pitch invasion during their play-off victory over Hertha Berlin last May.

Daniel Schahin, whose two goals earned Dusseldorf victory over Augsburg on the opening day of the season, is a doubt after a clash of heads in training saw him require hospital treatment.

Former Freiburg forward Stefan Reisinger is unlikely to be involved, though, as he continues to suffer with a knee injury.



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