It’s a piece of paper that would also fit in the Eintracht Frankfurt museum. on it: seven circles, five crosses and many arrows.
Taken together, this results in one of Eintracht coach Oliver Glasner’s (47) most important tactical tricks on the way to his team’s historic Europa League triumph in the final against Glasgow Rangers (5:4 on pens) in Seville.
Escalation in Frankfurt after a penalty win
Wednesday, May 18, around 2:30 a.m., Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán: After the title party on the field and in the dressing room, Glasner spoke to SPORT BILD again about the success. When asked about his most special tactical trick, the Austrian thinks for a moment, grabs a pen and draws his successful throw-in plan. SPORT BILD explains it – like two other title secrets.
The throw-in tactical trick
The trick painted by Glasner (see photo) begins with a throw-in on the left, executed by winger Filip Kostic (number 1). To explain: The circles stand for opponents, the crosses are Eintracht players. Dashed lines are trajectories, solid lines represent trajectories of the ball.
The hanging point Daichi Kamada (2 / KAM) binds several opponents with his offered runs. The ball then goes to center forward Borré (3/BOR), who should quickly play to the right to the second hanging forward Jesper Lindstrøm (4/LIN). Since most opponents are on the left when throwing in, Lindstrøm has space in the middle of the field.
Photo: Sports Image
He forwards the ball to right winger Ansgar Knauff (5/KNA), who has even more space on his side and can create a two-on-one situation on the opposing sixteen with a lot of speed. In the best-case scenario, he can close immediately.
It is also crucial that the two defensive midfielders, Sebastian Rode (31) and Djibril Sow (25), stay behind and don’t take the place of their striker (6). The move also works in reverse.
Photo: Getty Images
Exactly this move – sometimes with reversed roles, sometimes from the other side – worked several times in the important Europe weeks. Example: Kostic’s 3-0 in the 3-2 Century win at Camp Nou. There, Kamada and Lindstrøm brought the ball to Kostic on the other side after a Knauff throw-in.
In the final, Eintracht came twice dangerously in front of the goal in the first half.
Crazy: The process is so important for Eintracht that the players take up to half a minute to do it. In time, Glasner announces the move from the edge of the field and sends his players to the starting position.