Nothing less than everythingIndeed, 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 Rückrunde. 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."
One man who has arrived to help Freiburg "get it right" in front of goal is striker Nils Petersen (pictured, l.), a loan signing from fellow strugglers SV Werder Bremen, and for whom fitness might have been an issue after only 222 minutes of action this season. "Nils brings plenty of experience," Streich added. "He’s integrated really well, although that usually happens here because the players get on well with their new colleagues. Nils knows where the goal is, has good movement, a real presence in the box and is strong in the air. These qualities will benefit us."
Another newcomer to impress during Freiburg's time in Sotogrande was Mats Möller Daehli (pictured, r.), although Streich is aware that the highly rated Norwegian midfielder may need more time to settle in than Petersen due to his age. "He’s a really good footballer, who finds space well, has a good tempo to his play and is very elusive," said the Freiburg supremo. "However, he needs to improve his off-the-ball play and develop physically. We shouldn’t forget, he’s only 19."