Hertha BSC - Freiburg

Germany: Bundesliga
Hertha BSC K. Piątek (70)
Olympiastadion Berlin1-2
Freiburg P. Lienhart (17), N. Petersen (78)

Streich and Bobic address different state of clubs ahead of Saturday duel

By Peter Vice

SC Freiburg trainer Christian Streich politely declined the invitation to engage in a bit of Schadenfreude ahead of his club's visit to Hertha Berlin on Saturday.

Hertha manager Fredi Bobic, on the other hand, acknowledged that his club's opponents on Saturday were a great testament to a consistent football philosophy. 

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The chaotic state of Hertha BSC isn't something Christian Streich feels comfortable taking advantage of. In point of fact, Breisgau's "cult trainer" outright declined to agree with the proffered thesis that, for some clubs, money cannot buy footballing success. 

"There's a sense of unease in Berlin because a big investment should theoretically produce a big club," Streich noted on Friday, "It's not like that at the moment because it takes time. I have no Schadenfreude about it."

"You can but success," Streich added, "If you work reasonably hard in one direction. If you look at the financiers out there, you have to admit that money can help. That doesn't mean you don't have to work hard, but decent work an a great deal of money can buy you success." 

Further pressed about the current state of well financed clubs like Schalke 04 and Hamburger SV, both of which currently play in the 2. Liga, Streich paused in front of journalist Jim Decker of Germany's Kicker magazine. 

After carefully calibrating his answer so as not to fall into a trap, Streich defected by simply saying that "money can buy you lots of things."

Small-market Freiburg roll into the country's capital undefeated in the current campaign. New Hertha sporting CEO Fredi Bobic, also asked about the wealth gap between the two teams earlier in the week, answered a little more directly. 

"Freiburg has long ceased to be a little Gallic village tucked away in Breisgau," Bobic noted, "They make the most of their opportunities. They have a high level of continuity in both sporting management and in the head-coaching position. I'm not surprised at all that they haven't lost a game yet. When we speak of Freiburg, we're dealing with consistency. They show that on the pitch."

Hertha BSC
1Alexander Schwolow
5Niklas Stark
4Dedryck Boyata (C)
31Márton Dárdai ↩46
23Marco Richter ↩58
27Kevin-Prince Boateng ↩58
29Lucas Tousart
21Marvin Plattenhardt
8Suat Serdar
19Stevan Jovetić ↩64
7Davie Selke ↩46
32Oliver Christensen
9Krzysztof Piątek ↪46
14Ishak Belfodil
30Dennis Jastrzembski ↪58
2Peter Pekarík ↪46
17Maximilian Mittelstädt ↪64
6Vladimír Darida
10Jurgen Ekkelenkamp ↪58
18Santiago Ascacíbar
26Mark Flekken
5Manuel Gulde
3Philipp Lienhart
4Nico Schlotterbeck
17Lukas Kübler ↩84
8Maximilian Eggestein ↩62
27Nicolas Höfler
30Christian Günter (C)
29Jeong Woo-Yeong ↩76
9Lucas Höler ↩76
32Vincenzo Grifo ↩76
1Benjamin Uphoff
11Ermedin Demirović ↪76
18Nils Petersen ↪76
20Kevin Schade
22Roland Sallai ↪76
23Dominique Heintz
31Keven Schlotterbeck
14Yannik Keitel ↪62
19Janik Haberer ↪84

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