Eintracht Frankfurt: days of trials

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From: Thomas Kilchenstein


Shouldn’t Fail: Jesper Lindström and Randal Kolo Muani. Photo: AFP © AFP

Eintracht Frankfurt will have to step up their efforts to open the hunt for Bayern

The advantage of lower performance with maximum simultaneous success is that you can phrase your criticism a bit more clearly without diminishing your confidence. This is how Frankfurt coach Oliver Glasner, who can verbally put his finger on the wounds because he can assume that “the players also know that it was not our best performance”, does it. He was able to deduce that from the first statements of the victorious warriors, Kevin Trapp (“did not do certain things well”), Mario Götze (“did not enter our flow of play”) or Christopher Lenz (“it’ was ‘t that nice”). There was no shortage of self-criticism, the feeling of being second in the table can still be as “beautiful” as the Frankfurt goalkeeper said. You know there is room for improvement in Frankfurt’s game, a lot in fact.

Danger in the Black Forest

What was striking in the game against Schalke, the last one, was the poor or almost non-existent combination flow. There were few ball relays, the ball circulated far too rarely over a longer period in their own ranks. On the game side, it was not the best, Eintracht will have to improve to master the next two hurdles halfway, in Freiburg tomorrow Wednesday (8:30 p.m. / live Sky), and Saturday at Bayern, a week of trials is coming, one with very particular challenges. In addition to achieving the overall goal of wanting to defend fourth place in the league. “We have to do much better,” warned sporting director Markus Krösche. On the other hand, coach Glasner identified exactly such deficits in the final double try kick against Lech Poznan. The team still has to get used to it, find its rhythm. It would be bad anyway, she would be in top form on the first day. So how to improve?

The fact that the Eintracht entourage now has to move to the Breisgauers of Freiburg, who have the same number of points, makes the task extremely difficult. The SC, just disheveled after a completely unexpected 0-6 slap against VfL Wolfsburg, will do everything to make up for this disgrace and redeem themselves almost seven at once. A beaten boxer, this platitude is allowed, is always dangerous, after all, Eintracht should have been warned. Nevertheless, a defeat in Freiburg would not be a big surprise, as Frankfurt’s past teaches us. But maybe Oliver Glasner is already further along with his field test to chase the diva nature of Eintracht.

Of course, it speaks for the quality of the Frankfurt team if they still win such a game 3-0 in the end. It can count on a few parameters, the mileage was about right, the team ran 122 kilometers and did 280 sprints, which is to be welcomed. And she can count on the individual class, on Jesper Lindström, for example, who scored 1-0 and prepared the 2-0, on goalkeeper Trapp, who kept it at zero, on the second suit that suits him, and above all on a Sebastian Rode, who immediately brought calm and order to the game after being substituted and was instrumental in setting the stage for the final two goals.

It’s unthinkable that any of the fast paced difference players like Lindström or Randal Kolo Muani would be out any longer. Their speed cannot be replaced by the team, the speed the two are developing is the big pound Eintracht are growing with right now. The Hessians could not compensate for such a weakening in the long run, the hunt for the big Bavarians would have to be called off before it really started. And the speed with which someone can be absent for several weeks or even months is illustrated by the example of Eric Dina Ebimbe, who had to undergo surgery on the syndesmosis ligament yesterday. Whether he will ever be able to step into the final sprint again, even that is uncertain. Ebimbe had also almost achieved a unique selling point due to his speed on the wing.

After all, Glasner has alternatives in his own stable, so Eintracht won’t look around in the player market. Aurelio Buta has made an impressive debut, it’s also clear that Ansgar Knauff will switch to his usual side, Christopher Lenz could do well on the left. He’s a bit stronger defensively anyway – not entirely wrong considering the next two top opponents. And then you would have some clarity as to the destination of the trip.

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