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Exclusive: SC Freiburg and Germany U21 defender Nico Schlotterbeck talks Bundesliga targets for Breisgau-Brasilianer, addresses prospects of UEFA Europa League qualification

SC Freiburg currently stands fifth in the Bundesliga with 26 points registered from 17 games under Head Coach Christian Streich. The Baden-Württemberg club, however, took five points from the previous seven Bundesliga matches, including a 1-0 victory against VfL Wolfsburg on December 7 courtesy of an 85th minute Johnathan Schmid goal.SC Freiburg, who finished 13th last season in the Budesliga, faces 1. FSV Mainz 05 (January 18), SC Paderborn 07 (January 25), 1. FC Köln (February 2), TSG 1899 Hoffenheim (February 8), FC Augsburg (February 15) and Fortuna Düsseldorf (February 22) in their next six Bundesliga encounters; 1. FSV Mainz 05 have won three from their last six matches and stands 14th in the Bundesliga. Furthermore, SC Freiburg’s next six Bundesliga encounters see just one fixture in which Streich’s side play a club which is currently above in the Bundesliga; TSG 1899 Hoffenheim remains currently one place above SC Freiburg in 7th place in the Bundesliga. Christian Streich’s side meanwhile has conceded 23 goals this term and scored 27; Borussia Dortmund (24) and TSG 1899 Hoffenheim (28) have both conceded more than SC Freiburg in the Bundesliga this season. 
SC Freiburg, who reached the UEFA Europa League third qualifying round in the 2017/2018 season where the Bundesliga outfit lost 3-0 on aggregate to Slovenian side NK Domžale, last fully qualified for European competition in the 2013/2014 season where SC Freiburg finished third in Group H in the UEFA Europa League behind eventual winners Sevilla and Czech First League side Slovan Liberec. 
SC Freiburg’s exclusive interview for FOX Sports Radio 96.9FM/1340AM with Germany U21 standout Nico Schlotterbeck, 20, sees the SC Freiburg defender share his collective thoughts on the ongoing progression and improvements for SC Freiburg in the second half of the 2019/2020 Bundesliga season and the alluring prospects of sealing a UEFA Europa League spot.