Before today I didn’t dare whisper the words let alone say them out loud, but thanks in part to 1.FC Kaiserslautern and Kasper Przybylko I dare to now. Freiburg are at the very least promoted in all but name, I don’t dare to call them champions yet, I don’t want to tempt fate that much. But they are at least guaranteed their return to the Bundesliga now. Before tonight there were four points between them and Leipzig, if the latter won tonight the gap would once more be just one. That is were it not for Kaiserslautern, thanks to them it’s three points which separate them. And it’s difficult to see Freiburg losing any of their next three games, Heidenheim won’t be easy opponents but I’d be surprised if Paderborn or Union Berlin posed any significant problems. How strange things are, the last time Freiburg played Paderborn they were both struggling to stay in the Bundesliga. Now Freiburg are on their way to returning and Paderborn are on the verge of being relegated to the third tier, strange indeed.
On the subject of strange I first saw Kasper Przybylko play on MD1, in a 3-1 win against Duisburg. The reason this is relevant is because it’s Duisburg who Leipzig will be playing on the last day of the season. It’s a game which could make or break both of them, Duisburg in their bid to avoid relegation and Leipzig to secure promotion. Another game of a very similar nature takes place on the same day, Paderborn v 1.FC Nürnberg. Seeing as how all the games take place on the same day and time I may have to break my double recording rule in order to watch the simulcast. Either way I don’t have to decide right now, I can just enjoy what I’ve got to look forward to this week. Champions League on Wednesday with Bayern, the new Captain America film on Thursday night and then the best of all, Freiburg v Paderborn on Friday afternoon. As for what will become of Leipzig, whether or not they will meltdown like they did last season I neither know nor care, Freiburg getting back to where they belong is all that matters. So on that note Kasper and Kaiserslautern, Freiburg, Nürnberg and fans of real football teams everywhere thank you. I don’t know if your goal will contribute to ruining Leipzig’s promotion bid but thank you anyway: