Freiburg - Although the UEFA Europa League has given SC Freiburg some new experiences this season, the Bundesliga remains coach Christian Streich’s biggest concern as he plans to rotate his team for the visit of Estoril Praia on Thursday (kick-off 19:00 CEST).

With just one point from their first two Group H fixtures, the Baden-Württemberg outfit know that a win is essential to maintain any hope of qualifying for the knockout stage. However, should European football become too much of a burden, and their Bundesliga form suffer, it is something Streich can do without.

Significant rotation


“Of course Sunday’s Bundesliga game has priority,” Streich said. “We’ve got a much larger squad in training right now, so we're considering making changes to the team that started the Bremen game", said the 48-year-old, who is already without the suspended Fallou Diagne.

However, the weekend visit of Hamburger SV does not mean Thursday night’s clash has no importance. Freiburg are still looking for their first victory in Europe this season, and one in front of their own fans would give the club lying second-bottom in the Bundesliga a huge lift, and not least to keep alive their hopes of progressing. “Regardless of the standings, we go into this game hoping to give the fans an attractive game in which we give everything and, hopefully, leave the field as winners,” Streich said.

Spirit of the cup


That is an unfamiliar feeling to Freiburg this season. Only in the DFB Cup - twice - have they ended a game triumphant. That is a run of 11 games in the Bundesliga and Europe without a win, a record they need to change, and fast. “We’re favourites and we’ve got to play that way,” said forward Mike Hanke. “It’s a very important game.”

Possible line-ups:

Freiburg: Baumann - Schmid, Ginter, Krmas, Günter - Gelson Fernandes, Schuster - Höfler, Mehmedi, Coquelin - Hanke

Estoril: Vagner - Anderson Luiz, Babanco, Ruben Fernandes, Mano - Goncalo, Evandro, Filipe Goncalves - Joao Pedro, Leal, Seba

See how Oliver Baumann matches up to Germany number one Manuel Neuer on our official YouTube channel