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Teamcheck Eintracht Frankfurt: Die SGE unterwegs in historischer Mission

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Status: 01/13/2023 07:56 a.m

Eintracht Frankfurt has wintered in fourth place and does not even think about giving it up again. While new history could be made, the team faces a mean upheaval.

After the biggest success in the club’s history for 42 years was celebrated in the summer with victory in the Europa League, Eintracht Frankfurt has so far seamlessly continued the success story. The Hessians are now in the Champions League round of 16 and want to stay on course for the top league in the Bundesliga.

This is how the first 15 days went

Exceptionally good. Eintracht, where some had suspected a slump after the historic summer, quickly switched from party to concentration mode and ended the year in fourth place in the Bundesliga despite painful defeats such as in Bochum or against Wolfsburg. In addition, the round of 16 was reached in both the DFB Cup and the Champions League. Eintracht just didn’t stop being good.

One factor was that the team, which sensationally won the Europa League last season, was strengthened not only at the top but also in breadth. In addition to stars like Mario Götze and Randal Kolo Muani, players like Eric Junior Dina Ebimbe were added, who made the Frankfurt team more variable. “Meanwhile we usually have four or five players on the bench who could easily be in the starting XI,” explained midfield engine Djibril Sow in an interview with hr-sport. Also a factor why it went so well in three competitions.

Who is coming, who is going?

It should be an extremely quiet January for Frankfurt. Except for the commitment of a few young players (Paxten Aaronson or Simon Simoni), who can be seen more as a bet for the future, the Hessians have so far held back on the transfer market. There is no vacancy in the squad. If so, then there could only be one more transfer going forward.

There is also little news on the outbound side – at least this winter. All names like Randal Kolo Muani, Kevin Trapp or Jesper Lindström that have been linked to other clubs should stay in Frankfurt. In any case, the team will remain together until the summer. Then Eintracht threatens a veritable upheaval. Daichi Kamada and Evan N’Dicka’s contracts are about to expire and it is almost certain that they will not be renewed. In addition, the loan deal with Ansgar Knauff ends, and Djibril Sow could also leave Hessen in the summer. The right work awaits sports director Markus Krösche after the season.

The trainer

Oliver Glasner managed to make a strong Eintracht team even stronger in the summer. The extremely ambitious Austrian, for whom standing still is a step backwards, wants to bring the club and his team forward point by point. “I am who I am – also very demanding,” says Glasner about himself. If something is not working or is going wrong, the coach can also make it clear. Press conferences in which he doesn’t exactly tackle his own team with kid gloves after avoidable defeats – to put it mildly – ​​are always possible.

The Austrian wants to “push the boundaries” with Eintracht, as he announced at the start of the season. He has already pushed a limit. The Hessians are in the Champions League round of 16. Historical, like so much current. “We want to have the best possible result everywhere,” announced Glasner.

expectations for the rest of the season

Eintracht is fourth, Eintracht wants fourth – at least. From the start against Schalke, the Frankfurters are on a king-class mission. “We want to defend this place with all our might. We want to be in the Champions League at the end of the season. That’s our goal,” said sporting director Markus Krösche at the Frankfurt training camp in Dubai.

If it turns out to be another European place, Frankfurt wouldn’t be upset either, but the goals have grown along with the club. “I don’t know if we can do it. But what can I say? That we want to get worse?” Krösche emphasized. The players formulate this claim just as clearly. “It’s not for nothing that we’re in fourth place, if possible we want to defend our place,” explained national goalkeeper Kevin Trapp. That, too, a second Champions League participation in a row would, of course, be historic.

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