Eintracht Frankfurt learns from the gossip in Munich and wants to avoid sloppy play against Bremen.
The Fröttmaning gossip was barely ten minutes old, when Sebastian Rode, the best man in Frankfurt last Saturday, had already given the slogan for the new week: “That shouldn’t keep us busy for long.”
On Sunday, the almost befitting five goals conceded by Munich were briefly the topic again, an error analysis must be, but then the game against the overpowering Bayern was largely ticked off. “This defeat does not upset us,” said board member Fredi Bobic, who immediately returned to the daily news. No Eintracht professional wanted to deal with the unequal test of strength for too long. It was a matter of clearing their heads – no training was scheduled on Monday. The preparation for the next opponent, SV Werder Bremen, begins today. A team that is more like Eintracht Frankfurt’s collar size – a duel with halfway the same weapons.
Three Frankfurt players have very special memories of the past three encounters with the North Germans, twice in the league and once in the cup, although not always positive. Makoto Hasebe, for example, caused a penalty almost exactly a year ago in the very last minute, which Milot Rashica used to 2-2 in stoppage time. André Silva had scored the supposed winner two minutes earlier to make it 2-1. Filip Kostic should also remember a game against Bremen, at the beginning of March this year he saw the red card in the cup quarter-finals against Werder in the 90th minute after a foul on Ömer Toprak. He was banned for four cup games, at the earliest in the quarter-finals in March 2021 he can play again.
Stefan Ilsanker, on the other hand, has positive memories of Bremen: In the Weserstadion, the clearer surprisingly scored two goals to a 3-0 win within nine minutes in June. It was his only goal for Hessen so far.
Even if an adversary comes to the empty stadium in the city forest next Saturday, who looks defeatable on paper, the Frankfurters will still have to learn a few lessons from the Bayern game. Sports director Bruno Hübner, like others, complained not without good reason that the Eintracht players “made many wrong decisions” “in the last third”. Coach Adi Hütter also criticized the important, because crucial, balls in the top were played too “sloppily and unfocused”. Even if Werder’s defense does not have the quality of the Überbayern, they also know how to stand compactly and intercept balls that are badly played or too late.
It’s no secret that the creative forces in the Frankfurt team will depend on Daichi Kamada. Or maybe even to Amin Younes, who also showed good approaches in Munich and with his “small movements” (Hütter) could provide moments of surprise. The 0: 5 did not shake Frankfurt’s self-confidence: “We are in a good mood,” says striker Bas Dost undeterred.