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Hide first win, go for full throttle: Eintracht Frankfurt want to use this recipe for success to reach the Europa League final against West Ham. Jesper Lindström is doubtful, Sebastian Rode still has a scoring to decide.

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It is 1,091 days ago that Eintracht Frankfurt last played a semi-final showdown in the Europa League. Back then, in May 2019, the Hessians failed at Stamford Bridge, very unfortunate due to their own nerves and Chelsea FC. Almost three years later, everything should be better at home against West Ham United, and the dream of the final in Sevilla should come true.

“For everyone who was there against Chelsea, this match is still very present,” Sebastian Rode summed up the emotional situation on Wednesday. “We were eliminated then. But now we are in a better position and we will do everything we can to reach the final.” Eintracht still have a scoring to do with the Europa League, which will be decided on Thursday (21.00 in the audio stream on hr-iNFO).

Glasner calls for a bold look

“We are really looking forward to this match. It is a highlight for the club, the city and the fans,” stressed coach Oliver Glasner, who would like to erase the good starting point completely from the heads of his players. After winning the first match in London, a draw is already enough for Eintracht to win the big coup, but Glasner would like to do without arithmetic. “We lead 2-1, but we do not rest on our laurels. We can not do that.”

Means: Eintracht will themselves take the initiative as they did against FC Barcelona and in the first meeting with West Ham in London and keep the guests from England busy. Go ahead, attack early, create chances for yourself. With this plan, which has worked so well in the Europa League so far, Hessen want to get West Ham out of the way and then fight against RB Leipzig or Glasgow Rangers for the title. “We’re going for a win from the first second,” Glasner made unmistakably clear. With open visor for the final.

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Lindstrøm will probably be out

However, it is currently highly doubtful whether Jesper Lindström, one of the key offensive players, can play a role in this project. The Dane, who suffered a thigh muscle injury in the first leg, could only train individually on Wednesday and is in danger of being out. Thursday morning there was to be another stress test, as Glasner explained. “But it’s going to be a photo finish for him. There’s a relatively big question mark.” Trend: Lindstrøm must survive.

As a possible replacement, Glasner brought several names into play at the press conference and even considered a system change. However, it is quite unlikely that Sam Lammers or Ragnar Ache would suddenly drop out of the attack in one of the biggest matches in the club’s history. Should Lindström fail, Jens Petter Hauge should therefore move into start-11. Nothing will change in the usual 3-4-3 system, the back three are formed by Tuta, the recovered Martin Hinteregger and Evan N’Dicka, who were suspended in the first match. Three bouncers against the English power centers.

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Fans can make a difference

For, it is also clear: Despite all the offensive orientation, Eintracht must also fight back on the defensive. West Ham are weaker in terms of play compared to quarter-final opponents Betis Sevilla or Barca. Physically, the seventh of the Premier League is a challenge. “They were physically superior to us when it came to standards,” Rode warned. “We have to be resilient to it.” The motto: make as few free kicks as possible, be present in the penalty area.

And if all that is not enough, then Eintracht trusts the symbiosis between teams and fans that has been seen so often in the Europa League. With 48,000 spectators, the stadium is of course completely sold out, and you can already feel the tingling. “I’m sure it’s going to be a great night out in Europe. I’m really looking forward to it,” Glasner said. “The fans will give us extra energy.” Eintracht actually has a great chance of a European final. Dinner is served.


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