Eintracht Frankfurt still have a lot of plans for 2023: ‘We want to push the limits’

2022 has been a historic year for Eintracht Frankfurt, but 2023 should be no less successful for that. The challenges and the goals are great, as is the danger of a change in the team. There is good news from mascot Attila.

Marc Weidenfeller

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The whole press conference with Axel Hellmann and Markus Krösche

Axel Hellmann Markus Krosche Eintracht Frankfurt

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Eintracht Frankfurt has gone chic. Just in time for the official start of the 2023 football year, Bundesliga club Hesse opened the newly furnished press conference room on the professional campus on Thursday and presented themselves as a flagship club. Gone are the days of wooden chairs, coffee machines and poorly stocked sandwiches.

When the concord of the Champions League speaks to the world (media), they can settle comfortably in armchairs and eat a tomato-mozzarella panini. The ambience is strongly reminiscent of a television studio, even the technology works smoothly. Eintracht are back on the big stage and want to enjoy the limelight a little longer. on the spot !

Eintracht is not enough

There is no time to rest, as the guests of the first PK Markus Krösche and Axel Hellmann pointed out in unison, despite the much more comfortable atmosphere. “We don’t get anything for what was. We only get what is to come,” CEO Hellmann emphasized. “We cannot be satisfied. It is about formulating ambitious goals,” added sporting director Krösche.

The clear message: After the stunning 2022, in which coach Oliver Glasner’s side won the Europa League and climbed to fourth in the Bundesliga table in a furious opening streak, the he year 2023 should also be historic. Eintracht are far from enough and are ready for the next chapter in their own history book. “We want to reach the maximum and not limit ourselves to the top. We want to push the limits,” Krösche said of the Hessians’ heightened ambitions. Sky is the limit. Don’t look back now.

Beat Napoli in the Champions League

But what does that mean exactly? First of all, that Frankfurters feel very comfortable in new spheres that were unimaginable a few years ago and want to remain in the football elite.

At national level, he should be fourth at the end of the season and thus qualify for the Champions League again, even if Krösche presented him a little more cautiously. Internationally, despite hammerless SSC Napoli, the premier class quarter-finals are the big target.

“We have to go to the limits and want to reach the next round. We have to improve to stay good,” Krösche said. “Grapes don’t hang lower, they hang higher,” says Hellmann. Time for restraint? It was once.

Future of Kamada, N’Dicka and Sow open

However, it is also clear that short-term sporting success can – on the one hand – end quickly. And – on the other hand – the upcoming season and long-term success could have a decisive influence. Key word: composition of the workforce and desires of other clubs.

It’s no secret that Daichi Kamada and Evan N’Dicka, whose contracts expire after the season, are on the list of the most powerful clubs. Neither is the fact that Djibril Sow and, above all, World Cup shooting star Randal Kolo Muani can use Eintracht as a stepping stone to the very big glittering world. If Eintracht miss out on the goals they set for themselves and the Champions League, the chances of staying would drastically diminish. Even with a furious second half of the season, there is a risk of another change in the squad in the long run.

“There are other clubs that have more money. That’s how it is,” Krösche summed up the initial situation in the negotiations. Kamada, N’Dicka and Sow would be aware of the plans the Hessians have for them. “We’ll see what the next few weeks bring.”

Krösche relaxed in Kolo Muani

With Kolo Muani, who is “absolutely down-to-earth and grateful”, Krösche is still deeply relaxed. “He almost pulled France to the title but also saw that he could still learn.” In other words: the development is not finished yet. And the best for his development would be to continue his commitment to Frankfurt. Kolo Muani probably still sees it that way.

In the long term, Krösche also pointed out that in addition to the further development of external talents such as Kolo Muani, the integration of our own talents is also a major concern. “We have to make sure that the players in our youth team get regular minutes in the Bundesliga.” A project that has failed many other clubs and membership planners. What Eintracht will look like in the coming season: uncertain.

Attila can come

Things are completely different, and the first press conference in the new rooms also received an animal anecdote from mascot Attila. The future of the golden eagle is clear, for which animal welfare organization PETA had called for a stadium ban in favor of the bird.

“The game against Schalke will take place in the presence of Attila,” Hellmann announced, answering what was probably the most important question of the afternoon. “We are in contact with Peta, but have found no evidence of animal cruelty.” This would also be clarified.

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