Eintracht Frankfurt plays well against Hoffenheim and gets a point in the end. Nobody is really interested in that, the eyes immediately go to London. The TSG game also provides important insights. The analysis in five points.
Eintracht Frankfurt also failed to win against TSG Hoffenheim in the Bundesliga. In 2: 2 (1: 1) on Saturday, Evan N’Dicka scored once in his own goal (12th) and once in the opponent’s goal (32nd). Daichi Kamada then brought Hessian’s lead (66 ‘), Georginio Rutter was able to equalize (78’).
1. Not a bad football match – just no excitement
One thing can be said in advance: It was not a bad football match, the two teams played in the city forest on Saturday afternoon. Four goals, many chances, 17 shots on goal by Eintracht, eleven by Hoffenheim – Frankfurt Arena really offered something. “It was a great football match for the spectators,” said Eintracht coach Oliver Glasner.
And yet, from a Hessian point of view, one could see that the Bundesliga was out of the game in Eintracht. Sure, the late equalizer was a little annoying. But not anymore. The Europa Cup places have finally been lost, for Frankfurt it is only about “The Golden Pineapple” in the Bundesliga, or, if you want to look at the money, about the TV table. From now on, there is excitement elsewhere in the final sprint of the Bundesliga season.
2. N’Dicka strikes front and back
But as already mentioned: During the 90 minutes there was plenty on the field. Right in the middle of the action: Evan N’Dicka. The Frenchman, who missed Thursday’s match against West Ham due to a yellow card from Barcelona’s second match, was a real threat in defense and attack. In the 12th minute the Frenchman hit his own goal with a perfectly timed header, in the 32nd minute he scored, also with a header, then the equalizer.
“Evan was the character of the game,” Glasner explained, analyzing, “You saw today what he does very well. But you can also see what he still has to work on. As a defender, you have to anticipate a lot, but he still reacts a lot. frequent.” What was meant: the goal of making it 2: 2, where Hoffenheim’s Georginio Rutter escaped the French.
Stairs report back
The match against Hoffenheim also provided insight into the match in London on Thursday. One of them: Kevin Trapp is back. The goalkeeper, who suffered a hand injury after the match in Barcelona, was back in the goal against TSG and delivered a strong match. “If there had been a greater risk, we would not have done it,” Glasner said.
Trapp made sensational saves against both Munas Dabbur (23 ‘) and Andrej Kramaric (90’), keeping his team inside the game at the start of the match and the deserved point at the end. You can rely on Stairs. A circumstance that should also be important in London.
4. The result is okay
Although Trapp saved Eintracht one point in the end, the bottom line is: the draw was the fair result. Both teams allowed a lot in the defensive, both teams had chances for the winning goal. “2-2 is okay,” Glasner stressed.
The good from a Hessian point of view: Eintracht from the Union game is history, the performance against TSG can be built on in London. “I’m happy with the performance,” Glasner said. “The fans saw that the team tried everything and did not give the game away. It was important for me to see that the players pushed themselves to the limit.”
5. The blanket for West Ham’s first match
But immediately after the match, you noticed what only counts in Frankfurt in the spring of 2022: Europe. The basket accompanied the players with applause and singing in the direction of the locker room and at the same time in the direction of London. The dress rehearsal was finished, now the big curtain goes up on Thursday. The Eintracht excitement is now only in the Europa Cup. But even more there. The big goal: Sevilla.
“Now begins the intensive preparation for the semi-final against West Ham,” Glasner stressed after the match, revealing that Thursday was a bit on his mind. Sebastian Rode had to be replaced in the second half, Djibril Sow got a few minutes and Rafael Borré did not play through – all for the match in London. “Now there is no fatigue,” Glasner gave the direction. “Now it’s time for the final.”