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Soccer – Freiburg im Breisgau – Before the Europa League draw: Höfler hopes for Man United – Sport

Freiburg (AP) – Midfielder Nicolas Höfler from SC Freiburg is hoping for a duel with English record champions Manchester United in the upcoming Europa League season. “We’re really looking forward to it and hope that we’ll face interesting opponents,” the 32-year-old told the club’s media with a view to Friday’s group stage draw. “I think Manchester United would be cool at Old Trafford. I wish that would happen.”

Höfler was there when the Baden Bundesliga team failed in the preliminary round of the Europa League in the 2013/2014 season. “At that time there was a relatively big upheaval in the team. A lot of young people played in the Europa League. I also played, who came fresh from the second division from Aue,” he said. This time he sees Freiburg better prepared for the European Cup.

“This year we have a squad that is extremely broad and of extreme quality. We don’t have to worry about that,” said Höfler. “It’s all about every player being able to bring their performance to the pitch. Then we’re in a very good position.” You want to “present yourself well and get ahead,” said the veteran. Overwintering in Europe is “a realistic goal”.

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