STREICH PLAYS DOWN RECORD CHANCE
Freiburg coach Christian Streich has played down the possibility of breaking a club record for unbeaten games, insisting ahead of Saturday's Bundesliga clash with Nurnberg that avoiding relegation is all he cares about.
Streich's side have not lost in five matches and have moved three points clear of the drop zone, and would set a new club best mark if they do not lose another game this season.
But the 46-year-old is only concerned with staying up - even if that means losing once or twice along the way.
"I am not interested in series," he said. "I don't really watch series on television all that often either."
Streich is not reading much into Nurnberg's run of four consecutive defeats either.
"They are by far and away the most physical side in the league," he said on his club's website. "It is hard to tell how they play tactically, but they will always attack you physically.
"We have got to be ready for that and it is going to be a really tough game."
Nurnberg coach Dieter Hecking is more worried about the statistics, on the other hand, and he hopes his side can end their dismal run on Saturday.
"We want to end this negative streak and keep Freiburg behind us in the league table at full-time," he said.
"Freiburg are in good form and are doing a good job, but we don't want to come away with just one point - we want to come home with three."
Hecking is without the injured Alexander Esswein, Adam Hlousek and Christian Eigler while Philipp Wollscheid is suspended after picking up his fifth yellow card of the season in the Bavarian derby with Bayern Munich last weekend.
Streich could name the same starting XI for the third game in a row, but he also has further options with Immanuel Hohn and Garra Dembele back in training.
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