An important point

If Julian Schuster had not put that penalty over the crossbar, Freiburg could have beaten Schalke as they did in the reverse of the fixture and this would be a somewhat happier post. Still I’m not too unhappy, a point is a point and with Paderborn pulling off a real surprise by beating Augsburg 2-1 today, it’s all the more important. Roman Bürki was once again the man of the hour to keep things even, there were a couple of late chances which made for very nervous viewing.

As things stand Freiburg get to remain in fourteenth. It’s a good feeling once more to know that whatever happens in the Hamburg game today and the Stuttgart game tomorrow, they will stay there for another week. Even if it did have any effect, I wouldn’t be especially worried, at least not where Hamburg are concerned. Free scoring Wolfsburg against hapless Hamburg? Let’s just say that it’s very unlikely that Hamburg will going home tonight wrapped in the pelt of the wolves.

I guess I’ve made it up to Max Kruse now, I predicted a 2-1 victory for Gladbach today in the battle of the Borussias and they beat Dortmund 3-1. Funny, Dortmund lose by three and Bayern win by three in their victory against Frankfurt, my prediction for that game was almost correct too, I said 2-0, so only one off.

Three games without a loss now for Freiburg, a streak they can hopefully maintain when they face Mainz next week, they face Stuttgart the week after. Both games are important, the first to me because it was in a game against Mainz that I fell for Freiburg and Stuttgart because they are of course their local rivals, plus they’ll no doubt want revenge for the 4-1 defeat Stuttgart inflicted upon them last time.

Only six matchdays left now. The dates have been confirmed for the final days of the season with the last two days scheduled for the 16th and 23rd May. I hate how the last days of the season are set up, all of the games are played simultaneously, this means that I have to wait to see the other games I want to see and maybe not see some of them at all. It is not going to be a fun final two days for Freiburg. The second to last day they face Bayern and on the very last day Hannover 96. That was the last game before the Christmas break for Freiburg and it was not fun then either, they drew 2-2 after going up 2-0. I missed the second equaliser because of a technical glitch but maybe that’s not such a bad thing, being spared the sight of it.

They’ve also announced the dates for the beginning of next season. The Supercup on the 1st August, the 1st round of the Pokal on the 7-10th August and the first half of the season, the Hinrunde will begin on the 14th. I think that’s about nine weeks without football. Of course it’s not a completely football free summer, Germany have two games in June with the friendly against the USA on the 10th and the qualifier against Gibraltar on the 13th. There’s also the u21s Euros which are being held in the Czech Republic this year from the 15 to the 30th June.

It’s a nice end to the week, an important point for Freiburg, seeing a Daniel Brühl film at the cinema yesterday (a film which turned out to be a decent film in it’s own right), knowing that it’s the end of the easter break, and today I get this in the post:

Hans-Dieter Flick - FC Bayern München signed card

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