It’s the quarter-finals of the DFB-Pokal, with Bayern Munich and SC Freiburg vying for the chance to march on to the semis. For Freiburg Christian Streich, that will require accomplishing a first: winning against Bayern in Munich.
“We’ve tried all kinds of ways over the years, unfortunately it’s never been enough for a win,” Streich admitted (from Bild, via @iMiaSanMia). “Of course you can fixate on such a negative statistic. But you can also see it as an extra motivation.”
Freiburg are enjoying a fine season domestically and currently sit fourth in the Bundesliga table. A Champions League finish is well within their grasp. Still, cup honors and breaking a bad record make for a tantalizing prize in this Tuesday’s road matchup. It’s not always the Rekordmeister that walk away with the Pokal trophy; RB Leipzig are the current holders.
“If we lose, we go home and everything is the same as always. But if we win it would be a big sensation,” Streich continued. “For Bayern, winning the cup is almost mandatory. That’s why we see this game as something extraordinary and will be going to Munich with a lot of motivation.”
This is the kind of x-factor that can bring out the best in the underdogs. Bayern will have to face Freiburg twice in a row this week before their UCL clash against Manchester City — and would do well to not overlook either of them.