RB Leipzig - Freiburg

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RB Leipzig I. Konaté (26), M. Sabitzer (Pen. 70), Angeliño (89)
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Streich prepared to bench Höfler after nightmare outing

By Peter Vice

A Freiburg regular may have to take an leave of absence after multiple mental lapses last week.

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After making an astounding three defensive errors that resulted in goals against Leverkusen on Sunday, Freiburg trainer Christian Streich hinted that he would give midfielder Nicolas Höfler a break from first team action.

"His errors will have direct consequences," Christian Streich told the assembled press corps on Thursday when asked about his 30-year-old midfield mainstay, "It's natural undisputed that he played a major role in the goals through his mistakes. Had they been tactical errors (as opposed to technical errors), it would be a different story."

The ordinarily upbeat Streich struck a somber tone at the presser, noting that his team's recent performance could potentially lead to "depressing days ahead". The 55-year-old left open whether Höfler would remain in the starting XI on Saturday against Leipzig.

"We have to decide whether to leave him on the field or give him a break," Streich said. While emphasizing that "no final decision has been made", Streich acknowledged that giving Höfler some time off may be "the right thing to do."

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