Without Martin Hinteregger but with Goncalo Paciencia, Eintracht Frankfurt can take first place in the Europa League and qualify directly for the knockout stages before the scheduled date. SGE coach Oliver Glasner is looking forward to the game, but also raises a warning finger.
Frankfurt coach Oliver Glasner is looking forward to the Europa League game against Antwerp. imago images / Jan Huebner
There was not enough time for Hinteregger. The Austrian, absent from the 2-0 victory at SC Freiburg due to a kick, will not be available on Thursday night in Eintracht Frankfurt’s home game against Royal Antwerp (9 p.m. LIVE! kicker). The central defender was only able to complete one individual session on Wednesday. “We hope that will be enough for him until Sunday against Union Berlin,” Glasner said at Wednesday’s press conference about the upcoming Bundesliga match.
Ilsanker probably the first alternative to replace Hinteregger
With Makoto Hasebe and Stefan Ilsanker, Glasner has two alternatives for the central defensive position. There are indications that Stefan Ilsanker will play at defensive center. Because Glasner awaits the Belgians – unlike the first leg (1-0) – the giant of the storm Michael Frey (1.89 meters; 86 kilograms of body weight) in the starting XI. At 1.89 meters and 85 kilograms, Ilsanker has almost identical values and with “his physique and headball strength” should be able to offer more stamina than Hasebe: “He has physical disadvantages,” says Glasner, “and those- there won’t. change either because it won’t grow any more. ”
Paciencia from the start? – Glasner: “I will not reveal our offensive lineup today”
On the other hand, Paciencia is available again after his muscle injury and widens Glasner’s options in attack: “I’m glad Goncalo is back,” said Glasner. Glasner left the field open as to whether the Portuguese will be in the starting lineup: “I’m not going to reveal our offensive lineup today.” After all, the trio Jesper Lindström, Rafael Santos Borré and Daichi Kamada “have done very well in recent games,” said the Austrian. However, there could still be staff changes for load control reasons.
Speaking of which, well done: the Eintracht has left its initial struggles behind and recently won three straight wins. “In terms of mood, the situation here is very good”, emphasizes Glasner. Self-confidence and ease are back thanks to the successes, the “joy of playing” demonstrated for the last time in Friborg should take his team with them: “I can’t wait to celebrate another evening of the European Cup with our fans, ”said Glasner. : “We want our own audience to close the bag and hibernate in the first place. ”
Glasner calls for “concentration and consistency”
Nonetheless, he cautioned against taking Royal Antwerp lightly, despite having only one counter so far. “I expect a very, very good team which is stabilizing,” said Glasner, who recalled that their opponents are second in the Belgian league. “I warn that we think it will all be fine.” On the contrary, he asked his team to act with “the same focus and consistency” as in the most recent matches.