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Nuremberg coach Dieter Hecking has not lost faith in his team, despite a sequence of three defeats in a row.

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The Bavarians travel to fellow strugglers Freiburg tomorrow [Saturday] looking to halt an alarming slide down the Bundesliga table, but Hecking says he sees no reason to make changes to a side who were a win away from going top just a fortnight ago.

"The season is long and there are always ups and downs, and we have experienced both already," he said.

"Now there is no point moaning or seeking excuses - we just have to work.

"The team has had a dip, but that does not mean we will be making individual players pay for the failings."

Marcos Antonio may well pay the price for a forgettable debut last weekend, though.

The Brazilian was removed after only 16 minutes of his debut against Stuttgart after two mistakes, the first of which led to the opening goal after just 24 seconds of the game.

"If a player does not perform well enough, then he will sit on the bench, but that does not mean that I have lost faith in them," added Hecking at the pre-match press conference.

"Other teams rotate their players, so why shouldn't we?"

Freiburg coach Christian Streich also has no complaints about his players, who he hopes will finally be rewarded for their efforts tomorrow [Saturday].

"When you see the will and desire they have in training, then there is no reason not to be happy with them," he said.

"It is often just a case of being a few per cent away, but we are trying to correct that."

Streich is without the injured Johannes Flum, who has broken his hand, and the suspended Karim Guede, as well as long-term injury absentee Jan Rosenthal.

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