Freiburg (dpa) – The relieved Christian Streich hit the highest notes in his song of praise.
“He does everything – not just forwards, also backwards. It is remarkable how he has learned, how he works through everything I have asked him to do over the years,” said the SC Freiburg coach after the 2nd game. : 0 (0: 0) against Arminia Bielefeld about his match winner Vincenzo Grifo.
The Italian had scored on Saturday in the 79th minute of the sports club’s redeeming first victory in nearly three months – for the third game in a row. Later, Joker Woo-yeong Jeong (90th + 2) raised the score to 2-0 for the team from Baden, which celebrated their first home win of the season on the sixth try and got some air in the Bundesliga basement.
A week earlier in the 2-2 draw against Borussia Mönchengladbach, Grifo was one of Freiburg’s best players. The high-end engineer is becoming more and more of a hard worker, not only looking for the way to the opposite goal, but also his own goal, filling gaps and trying to take his teammates with him. Coach Streich deserves so much respect that, after the patient victory over Arminia, he even started a comparison with a world champion and 100-time national player of FC Bayern.
“This is how a player becomes a real personality for the team and extremely important,” said the 55-year-old, referring to Grifo’s development. “Look at Thomas Müller in Munich, who has accomplished everything that can be achieved in his footballing life. Vince is doing that within the scope of his capabilities.” That is also “exemplary for the young players. That way you can have a great career. That’s how he became the Italian international.”
And so Grifo also becomes the great hope of the residents of Breisgau in the struggle to stay in class. With five hits and two assists, he is already standing this season. Thanks to the 27-year-old, the sports club is no longer solely dependent on its record scorer Nils Petersen, who was unlucky with a slat scared against the uncomfortable newcomer from East Westphalia (18th).
Not only on the case, but also in the cabin, in the event of another setback, it would “rattle”, Grifo speculated. Still rewarding himself and his colleagues for the effort he put in more than ten minutes before the end, he deserved special praise from his “very happy” trainer.