Was Vincenzo Grifo disappointed? After all, on the last matchday of the Bundesliga season, he and his SC Freiburg not only missed the move into the Champions League, but also lost 5th place at Union Berlin. Despite a final offensive of the Breisgauer, there was a 1-2 defeat at Bayer Leverkusen and 6th place.
proudly predominates the disappointment
“No!”, Grifo replied, he was not disappointed. Of course, no one would have rejected the Champions League. Once play against Real Madrid in the Estadio Santiago Bernabéu, or in Turin against Juventus – the dreams of small boys also want to fulfill the SC professionals. “But now we are traveling somewhere else in Europe. We can be proud of that. We put an outstanding season,” emphasized the midfielder.
Measured by the claim derived from economic power, this is a comprehensible judgment. The yard for success is now quite deep in the SC due to the annual goal of league. In the Rhineland, however, the team of coach Christian Streich was definitely noted the burden of the past few weeks. “Many of us played more than 40 games. That costs grain,” admitted Grifo. Liga games, cupuelle, for one or the other also international matches. This is swearing, in the four final games of the season there was only one win.
Due to the Europa League, there are no less appointments on the calendar in the coming season. “The squad planning does not do me. But that you get one or the other player when you play internationally is clear,” the 29-year-old formulated an order to the executive floor around sports director Jochen Saier and sports director Klemens Hartenbach: “You need a broad Kader. We had few injuries this year, that was nice. ” But it can also run differently. Especially since the adventure of Europe will be a completely new experience for most Freiburg.
Ginter’s qualities do not forget
It fits well that in addition to the two departures (Nico Schlotterbeck, Haberer), Matthias Ginter is a real veteran as access: he became world champion in 2014, won silver at Olympics in 2016 and won both DFB Cup and Confed Cup in 2017. “I played with him. I know what qualities he has,” said SC-Topscorer Grifo about the 2017/18 season in Gladbach.
A professional from the caliber of Ginter’s “always” help – even if he was last only moderate in Mönchengladbach. “He was not so great this season. But I am sure that the coach and the team will build it up,” believes Grifo. With his home club Freiburg, Ginter plays in the European Cup. Borussia had not been able to qualify for this.