In the Europa League, Eintracht Frankfurt has often caused a sensation in recent years. In Antwerp, the Hessians want to find their way back to their old strength and end their negative run. – Eintracht Frankfurt will finally shine again on Europe’s football stage and make its first successful appearance this season. In the second group game at Royal Antwerp this Thursday, the team of coach Oliver Glasner not only fought for a good starting position in the fight for a place in the knockout phase of the Europa League, but also for the end of the negative series of eight winless games.
“We go into the game to win it.”
“Of course, a win would do us good. Not only in the Europa League, but also in our overall situation,” said Glasner on Wednesday evening and together with emphasis: “We are going into the game to win everything. That is why we will be in the Throw the scales. ” Eintracht sports director Markus Krösche also believes in a turnaround in the Belgian port city, despite the mixed performance so far. “What gives me courage is that the guys show a lot of mentality and intensity,” said the 41-year-old of the “Bild” newspaper. However, that alone is not enough in the first eight competitive games to leave the field as the winner even once. The unsuccessfulness pulls on the nerves of the Hessians who died early in the DFB Cup and are currently only 14th in the Bundesliga. “Everyone’s longing for this victory,” said Glasner, describing the emotional situation after the most recent 1-1 draw against 1. FC Köln, which he nevertheless described as “positive” 24 hours before kick-off.
Without N’Dicka and Durm against Antwerp
It is quite possible that the soccer teacher in Antwerp, who came from Wolfsburg in the summer, will switch his unsuccessful defensive system from four to three – especially since defenders Erik Durm and Evan Ndicka have finally dropped out alongside Sebastian Rode and Christopher Lenz. “Both will not only be out on Thursday, but probably also on Sunday at Bayern Munich,” said the 47-year-old, adding: “Our personal situation has worsened a little. It is clear that we have to make changes on the defensive. ” That could be the chance for oldie Makoto Hasebe, who Glasner has been stewing on the bench so far this season. The sporting director is convinced “that we will see progress there quickly”.
800 Eintracht fans are there
800 Eintracht supporters will be there live on Thursday – but under difficult conditions. The fans only receive their tickets in Belgium and then have to travel to the Bosuil stadium in a bus convoy. After all, there is no mask requirement there.