Frankfurt Eintracht will approach the meaningless guest appearance in Leverkusen “very seriously”. However, some top players are spared.
Frankfurt – Now that there has been a lively exchange of views in the Bundesliga about (or lack of) the importance of Bundesliga games, about strain control and distortion of competition, Oliver Glasner, coach of Eintracht Frankfurt, also sees himself exposed to this topic. His opinion: Of course he does not have to break free. The match in Bayer Leverkusen on Monday (20.30 / Dazn) is not a priority, because Eintracht counts the second match of the semi-final in the Europa League on Thursday against West Ham United.
In any case, everyone in charge of a club should just look at themselves. Relegation battle, Champions League race since. And also, Glasner says with a lot of irony: “We gave the points to a lot of people playing against relegation this season. Then no one complained.”
Eintracht Frankfurt vs. Bayer Leverkusen: many regular players do not travel
The guest appearance in Leverkusen, which is meaningless from a Frankfurt perspective, will also take place without a number of permanent staff. Rafael Borré is suspended, Martin Hinteregger has a cold (negative coronary test), Jesper Lindström is out due to a muscle injury in the thigh, Sebastian Rode is rested. In addition, two substitutes, Christopher Lenz (broken toe) and Erik Durm (cold), who might have been needed right now. Either way, Glasner thinks, “We take the Leverkusen game very seriously.”
It is clear that the Frankfurt coach will refrain from completely wild staff changes, U-19 players should not be used. Glasner also announced that he would like to mobilize one or the other regular player – even if it is not for the whole season. So some additional players are then allowed to play, whether it is Ragnar Ache in front who was secured a starting eleven, or behind people like Jens Petter Hauge, Timothy Chandler and Makoto Hasebe.
Eintracht Frankfurt: Lindstrom is the biggest concern ahead of Leverkusen
Meanwhile, Lindstrom’s staff should be the biggest concern for the Frankfurt coach ahead of the European ball night against West Ham. The Dane is in constant treatment in the medical department, “but it will be a race against time.” He simply does not want to rule anything out, says Glasner. Although the coach also wants to have analyzed the upcoming opponents from Leverkusen, he must have been even more spellbound in London’s city between West Ham and Arsenal on Sunday.
From a Hessian point of view, looking at West Ham’s second half, it is particularly encouraging that the Eintracht performance in London met fairly high standards in most facets. There was not only commitment and passion, there was not just the necessary toughness, not just full concentration, there was not just a quick transition game, the performance went beyond that. Eintracht skillfully let the ball run through their own ranks in many phases of the game, calmed down when it needed to calm down, made the game faster when it needed to be faster.
Eintracht Frankfurt against Bayer Leverkusen and West Ham
West Ham, on the other hand, played more impulsively, driven by the moment, with high balls, with power, but often enough without an obvious plan. The guests from Hessian acted more calmly and maturely. Something they rarely managed to do in the Bundesliga during the season. The self-evaluation also tended in this direction.
Goalkeeper Kevin Trapp praised “the great calm on the ball” and the “dominant appearance”, Glasner the “good positional play”. Especially in the middle of the field, where Djibril Sow, Sebastian Rode and Daichi Kamada combined advantages against London straddle doubles Tomas Soucek and Declan Rice, “we have repeatedly created situations”, Glasner found and therefore praised explicitly and praised his playful midfield trio. .
Eintracht Frankfurt: So, Rode and Kamada work together
In fact, it worked quite well with Sow, Rode, and Kamada, though Kristijan Jakic, a solid man in the engine room of the Eintracht game, was missing. That Kamada is different in Europe than in tasks in this country should no longer surprise anyone. The fact that Sow, meanwhile, has developed a basic level that often lets him play better than his opponent, just as little. Sebastian Rode’s form is at least a little surprising. Of course, Rode is a good kicker, knows how to handle the ball, can read a game with all his routine, but he mostly lacked physical fitness this time around.
For a long time, Rode was not an option for Glasner, later only for a few minutes. Recently, however, the Eintracht captain had to play more often due to various staff shortages – and always proved his worth. “It’s nice to be in such good shape again now that I can play for longer,” Rode said. The quarry in Leverkusen seems wise. Better not to take any risk. For the second match against West Ham, Jakic also pushes himself back into the starting eleven at six, but on the other hand, Rode could also find a place on the pitch along with Jakic, Sow and Kamada – which closes the circle for Lindström. If the quick offensive doesn’t really grab it in time, a coveted post will be free.
Eintracht Frankfurt vs. Bayer Leverkusen: Hauge must prove himself
Jens Petter Hauge, the professional who usually came in exchange for Lindström, did no self-promotion in London. On the contrary. The Norwegian played very poorly, pretty much as the only Frankfurt footballer that night. He lost a lot of balls, was wrapped up all the time. Would Glasner really trust him for an impending nerve play, where much is about the necessary seriousness, clarity on the ball, experience? Sebastian Rode takes these Hauge missing components with him, calls them regularly and would therefore certainly not be a bad alternative, albeit in the rather unloved more offensive position. In any case, others must prove themselves in Leverkusen first. (Daniel Schmitt)