Eintracht coach Oliver Glasner proactively averted possible charges against him and his team on Sunday. In the match in Leverkusen, he will save more players for the Europa League – and even gain understanding from Leipzig.
It rarely happens, but the otherwise friendly Oliver Glasner can get a little harsh at press conferences. When the word “competition distortion” circulated on Sunday, the Eintracht coach reacted clearly. “Everyone has to take care of their club, I do not comment on other teams either,” said the Austrian.
So far, no one has spoken out against him and his team, but the general murmur naturally increases in the final sprint of the season. On Saturday, Hertha’s coach Felix Magath condemned Bayern Munich’s lax approach after the team had already been crowned champions. Eintracht ranks in the gray midfield of the Bundesliga and will tend to save on (permanent) staff in terms of Europa League tasks. Eintracht’s opponents on Monday (20.30) Bayer Leverkusen are still in the middle of the Champions League race against Freiburg and Leipzig.
Tedesco: “It’s legitimate”
The latter club will not blame Frankfurters if they lose focus. “It’s all legitimate,” said Leipzig coach Domenico Tedesco. “Eintracht have to play their season. Frankfurt make the decisions they have to make.” His colleague Glasner saw things very similarly and said: “I just have to do what is best for Eintracht Frankfurt.” And that means: “West Ham have top priority.”
Therefore, six players did not even make the trip to Leverkusen: Rafael Borré (suspended), Martin Hinteregger, Erik Durm (both sick, no corona), Jesper Lindström, Christopher Lenz (both injured) and Sebastian Rode (load control). Glasner also announced further staff changes in Start XI. It is very likely that striker Ragnar Ache will make his starting eleven debut.
Ache and Hrustic have a chance to start
Makoto Hasebe was able to step into the defense of Hinteregger, who then completes Evan N’Dicka and Almamy Toure. N’Dicka was suspended in London, Toure could do well with the rhythm of the game after being a reserve player for a long time. Kristijan Jakic, who is also suspended in London, could play in defensive midfield, while Djibril Sow is likely to get a break given his recent medial ligament strain.
In front, Jens Petter Hauge should have his chance right from the start and thus set the stage for Thursday, if the regular offensive player Lindström should fail. Other rotation candidates from the bench include Danny da Costa, Timothy Chandler and Goncalo Paciencia. Too many changes? Glasner sounded pretty clear Sunday: “The lineup will be geared to West Ham’s cargo control.” However, he will not fall back on players from U19.
“No parallel world” between the Bundesliga and the Europa League
And because he was already on the defensive, Glasner also commented on the sometimes criticized performance differences between his teams in the Bundesliga and Europa League. “I do not see a parallel world there.” He referred to what he saw as good performances against Hoffenheim and Freiburg as well as his team’s best physical statistics in the league.
So the commitment was always good, but the European Cup would put other emotional stimuli. “All of you have a bad day at the office,” Glasner said. And that was the right picture for the coming week: Eintracht in Leverkusen has office work on Monday, but another party day in your own living room on Thursday.