Streich and Freiburg target survival after Sotogrande stay

Freiburg - After nine days in Sotogrande, a town perched on the Mediterranean Sea in the deep south of Spain, SC Freiburg returned on Monday to a Black Forest which probably seemed colder than ever. Not even the chill of the German climes, however, could sap club coach Christian Streich’s positivity after his troops’ efforts at their winter training camp.

Nothing less than everything

"Everyone really got on with it well," Streich told


after his side recorded wins

against 1. FSV Mainz 05 and Preußen Münster

, but suffered defeats at the hands of FK Skenderbeu Korca and Karlsruher SC. "There was no-one who I didn’t think gave his all - and that goes for off the field as well as on it. Not that I want to place too much emphasis on that, because it would have been absurd if that hadn't been the case."

"Thanks to the team at the Hotel Almenara for a wonderful stay," reads this SC Freiburg tweet


Indeed, putting in the hard yards was no less than an absolute imperative for a Freiburg side that props up the

Bundesliga table

ahead of the


. With only two wins to their name, Streich’s men know that immediate improvement is a must if they are to meet the season aim of maintaining their top-flight status. "We’ve got to get it right so that we can resolve things on the field better than we did in the first half of the season," the 49-year-old explained. "An absolute basic requirement for that is fitness."

Möller Daehli and his new team-mates have enjoyed two days off since their return from Spain, before restarting training on Thursday ahead of Saturday’s final friendly against Swiss outfit FC Basel 1893. Thereafter, according to Streich, all efforts will be focused on "preparation for the first game of the


against Eintracht Frankfurt

. I really have the feeling that we used our time in Spain well."

"A big win and a big defeat to round things off," reads the tweet below