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SC Freiburg v Eintracht Frankfurt: Preview

Freiburg could move up to the dizzy heights of fourth in the Bundesliga tomorrow night with a win over Eintracht Frankfurt at the Dreisamstadion.

The club from Germany's Black Forest have slowly edged into the frame for European football next season and, although their coach Christian Streich continues to dismiss their chances of playing in the Europa League, insisting instead avoiding relegation remains the priority, he may soon have to find reasons why his side will not be in the Champions League next season.

Three points over Armin Veh's side would take Freiburg into fourth place on goal difference with 11 games of the season remaining.

And, with 37 points, it would be hard for Streich to convince anyone that he and his side were only concerned with finishing outside the bottom three.

``Well, it looks like we are going to achieve our objectives this season,'' he said. ``But there's no hype in Freiburg.''

Streich appears to be succeeding in keeping his players' feet on the ground too.

Midfielder Cedric Makiadi summed up the situation by saying: ``Of course all of the fans would be delighted if we finish fifth in the end, but nobody would be annoyed if we end up 10th.

``To do that would be a great season,'' he added.

Qualification for Europe is not only looking likely via their league placing, but they also have the chance of clinching a place in the Europa League via the DFB-Pokal.

Next Tuesday, they face Mainz in the quarter-finals knowing the luck of the draw could mean simply winning two more games in the competition could guarantee them European football.

``Let's take things one thing at a time,'' said Matthias Ginter on his club's website.

``First Frankfurt in the Bundesliga, then Mainz in the DFB-Pokal.

``The next test is always the most important, and we have done very well thinking that way this season.''

Frankfurt have followed a similar philosophy, and their goal for the season was identical to Freiburg's.

They too appear to have succeeded well in advance and Veh insists his side should not be regarded as favourites tomorrow night.

``Let's not forget that we are the newly-promoted side, not Freiburg'' he said.

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