Christian Streich is a rare breed. He is a manager who has been backed by his club’s board and allowed to work for a number of years and build something. Under his tenure, Freiburg have experienced everything from the highs of Europa League qualification to the lows of relegation into the 2.Bundesliga.

However, they are now a side thriving in the league. They are this season’s surprise packing, finding themselves only two points off the top of the table in the current campaign.

Admittedly they have had a relatively easy schedule, playing and beating the likes of Mainz, Paderborn, Fortuna Düsseldorf and Augsburg. Yet they still managed to draw with Borussia Dortmund and beat Hoffenheim suggesting they are a team that could compete in the upper echelons of the league this season. Disappointingly their only loss came in a home loss against relegation favourites Köln.

This tactical analysis will look into the tactics used by Streich with Freiburg.

Performance under Streich

Streich has overseen a total of 292 games winning 37.33% of these games. As mentioned earlier Freiburg were relegated in the 2014/15 season finishing 17th, but bounced back immediately the following season as champions finishing above RB Leipzig. In their six seasons in the Bundesliga under Streich they have only had two top-half finishes, finishing fifth and seventh in the 2012/13 and 2016/17 seasons.

Currently, they sit in fourth-place but statistics suggest they are perhaps fortunate to be in their current position.

Freiburg have been incredibly potent in front of goal so far this year, with only Bayern and Dortmund scoring more. But their xG for the season is just eight goals, but they have actually scored 15. Defensively they have only conceded less than top two, Borussia Mönchengladbach and Wolfsburg, with seven goals, but have an xGA of 8.9.

The expected points table has them sitting in ninth-place with a negative-one goal difference rather than their current fourth-place with a plus-eight goal difference.

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