Eintracht Frankfurt is Bayern’s number 1 fighter

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From: Thomas Kilchenstein and Ingo Durstewitz

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Eintracht Frankfurt win an eventful match against Schalke thanks to efficiency and individual class and hunt down the great Munich team.

Frankfurt – Of course Uli Hoeneß can’t get out of his skin, but Uli Hoeneß can’t. Of course, FC Bayern will be champion, “100%”, but there, the honorary president of the champions of subscription, who had retired, had to specify that other clubs which are not called the Borussia Dortmund are suddenly thinking of having their say. So in Frankfurt, Uli Hoeneß said during Sunday’s Sport1 double stint, something happened that you (as a Bavarian) have to take seriously. Eintracht must be taken into account ‘when talking about football in the next few years’. Was this the reward of the Hessians? Are the Frankfurters really ready to seriously pursue Bayern, the difference between the two clubs is five points, Bayern one, Eintracht two, and in a week there will be a summit meeting at Fröttmaning.

Some 100 kilometers further north, the coach of the must-have team on the poster said he didn’t care, the January standings interested him, Oliver Glasner, not the bean, was out of about: “We don’t care about our neighbors, we take care of ourselves.” And anyway: who could seriously talk about the championship after seeing this 3-0 (1-0) victory against Schalke 04, who was bottom of the table? “I almost liked Schalke more than what we showed. The victory was not deserved at this level.

Eintracht Frankfurt’s Krösche: ‘Didn’t play well’

It took two or three times for an exceptional Kevin Trapp not to score a goal, even in the very last minute of the match. It was only in the closing stages that the locals scored the two goals from Rafael Borré (82′) and Aurelio Buta (90′), which finally sealed the deal. “We didn’t play well,” said sporting director Markus Krösche as he gently capped the team, which has now racked up a proud 30 points after 16 Bundesliga games – more than at any time since the rule was introduced. of the three points.

Even the biggest effort is useless: Schalke 04, here Simon Terodde (above), will swim against Eintracht with Kristijan Jakic with 0-3. © Jan Huebner/Imago

But that’s just a quality feature: winning the worst games. Thomas Reis, who played the ball at Eintracht in the early 1990s and is now Schalke manager, summed up this phenomenon in a few words. You saw ‘brutally why we’re down and Eintracht Frankfurt up’ – efficiency and individual class were the deciding factors. While the Knappens, who will struggle the hardest to retain the league with nine points and 13 goals in 16 games, not only wanted to ‘take the fun out of football’ (rice) out of Eintracht, but also wanted more of a share in the match, the Frankfurters struck icy: A nice combination, starting from their own goal via Eric Dina Ebimbe and Randal Kolo Muani, led 1-0 by Jesper Lindström (22nd) – a goal that the Hessians had also practiced in the sessions during the week. And the Dane fooled pitiful Schalke defender Henning Matriciani before his direct goal; it was already his seventh goal, anyway, thanks to his speed and dribbling, Lindström was one of the most prominent Frankfurters. It is not for nothing that he initiated the 2-0. Eintracht Frankfurt scored, while largely harmless Schalke failed to score thanks to Simon Terodde and cheeky Soichiro Kozuki. These are the differences.

And anyone who wins matches in which the opponent, as Reis rightly put it, acted “at eye level,” has what it takes to be on top. Coach Glasner had previously feared that his team would not be at 100% after the long break, that it would take more games before the performance was good. The Hessians missed the flow of the game and the combinations, the constant man-to-man duels were wearing out, yes, the filigree warriors of Eintracht were boring, fine-witted Daichi Kamada never started , Mario Götze, despite small samples of his special art, did the same, Randal Kolo Muani was out except for two or three actions. “I didn’t like the way we played”, criticized Markus Krösche, “many things” need to be improved. The home team were never calm on the ball, with many looking nervous and rushed. Glasner was clear: “If we play as many games as today, we will score relatively few points in the second half of the season.”

The Frankfurt entourage was all the more relieved by this “important victory” (Götze) before the next two hurdles, Wednesday at the disheveled SC Freiburg, and finally Saturday at FC Bayern, a match that Krösche expressly described as “no bonus game”. want to know.

Eintracht Frankfurt: The result is good

In any case, Eintracht Frankfurt did their homework, the result was there. In the past, such matches against struggling clubs have often gone awry. And this success now gives Oliver Glasner the opportunity to be more critical in his analysis. Then it’s nagging at a high level. Nevertheless, there are ‘some issues we need to work on’, the coach said.

Nevertheless, the serious injury of Eric Dina Ebimbe has put water in the wine. The Frenchman had to leave the pitch after almost 70 minutes, a failed sprint and a collision with Schalke’s Jere Uronen: While the dressing room initially said it wasn’t that bad, Sunday’s diagnosis was truly depressing: The 22- A former loanee from Paris St. Germain suffered a syndesmotic ligament injury in his ankle and will undergo surgery on Monday. Dina Ebimbe, who recently got stuck on the right wing and pushed Ansgar Knauff down the left, is unlikely to be available for Eintracht for another eight to ten weeks. A touch of spice: Aurelio Buta, newcomer and injured for almost a year, replaced him and immediately scored a goal. The sorrow of one, the joy of another. (Thomas Kilchenstein, Ingo Durstewitz)

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