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Over the past decade, Freiburg have a respectable track record when it comes to having elite footballers: Richard Golz, Sebastian Kehl, Papiss Cissé and Adel Sellimi spring to mind.
The club also developed Dennis Aogo and Ömer Toprak, who both went on to become internationals.
On paper, the current Freiburg side seem like an average team. But when you watch them, you think "hang on, some of these players are quite good."
Matthias Ginter, the 18-year-old centre-back, will only get better. It helps that he is learning from a consummate pro in Fallou Diagne.
Oliver Baumann is lost in the shuffle because the Bundesliga is filled with great goalkeepers.
Max Kruse is so technically gifted.
Cedric Makiadi is an all-round midfielder.
Not only is Daniel Caligiuri a world-class dribbler but he is an underrated tackler.
So, what about Oliver Sorg? His 2.5 tackles and 4.2 interceptions per league game shows you that he's a prolific ball-winner. He is accomplishing this whilst only conceding 0.9 fouls per league game.
Sometimes he does over-commit in pursuit of winning the ball, which puts Diagne and Ginter under duress, but generally speaking, Sorg is a reliable left-back.
Yes, I have portrayed Freiburg in a very good light, but why have they been mediocre whilst Eintracht Frankfurt have been surprisingly excellent?
Simple. Freiburg doesn't have Alexander Meier.