On the first day of the 2023–24 Bundesliga season, Hoffenheim and Freiburg will square off at the RheinNeckarArena. Hoffenheim spent most of last season in a relegation struggle before finishing in 12th place, while Freiburg came within a whisker of qualifying for the Champions League for the first time in club history but ultimately fell short.
Even though Hoffenheim made the Champions League twice in a row from 2016 to 2018, the club has taken major steps backward in the past five years. Die Kraichgauer have been in the Bundesliga for the first time in their history after being promoted in 2008, and their financial stability has helped them avoid relegation trouble so far. However, they were in serious danger of being relegated last season, having been in last place as recently as March.
While bringing home the club’s first big hardware is important, Matarazzo will be judged mostly on the team’s performance in the Bundesliga, so he’ll be eager to get a win in the season opener against Freiburg.
However, given Freiburg’s rise in recent years, their upcoming opponents may find that tough, as Christian Streich’s squad has become one of the league’s most consistent squads. Breisgau-Brasilianer finished in fifth place, their highest Premier League finish in exactly ten years. However, they were once again three points short of qualifying for the Champions League.
Streich, who was elevated from assistant to manager in December 2011, has been in command throughout this entire time. Even if qualifying for the Europa League for the third time under his leadership is a significant achievement, next season he will have every intention of advancing to Europe’s top competition.
However, Florian Muller, who was brought in from Stuttgart to replace Mark Flekken, may need to get off to a fast start if he is to achieve this goal. Although Junior Adamu has been brought in to bolster Streich’s assault, the brilliant keeper has followed Kevin Schade to Premier League side Brentford.
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Hoffenheim vs Freiburg Game Information
- Date: 08/19/2023
- Time: 09:30 AM ET
- Location: PreZero Arena (Sinsheim).
- How to Watch Hoffenheim vs Freiburg: ESPN+
- Live Stream: fubo.tv