Eintracht Frankfurt strives for the final
For coach Oliver Glasner, the semi -finals in the Europa League against West Ham United is the most outstanding experience in his career – and the big tingling sensation has long since used the professionals of Eintracht Frankfurt.
“The greatest motivation is that we are in the semi -finals of a European competition. This is something extraordinary for a trainer, for a player, for a club. We feel this special feature,” said Glasner before the first duel with the leader of the English Premier League this Thursday (9:00 p.m./RTL) in London.
The initial situation:
After the sensational coup in the quarter-finals against FC Barcelona, the Bundesliga club wants to achieve the final in an international competition for the first time since the UEFA Cup triumph 42 years ago. “We have the great opportunity to achieve something incredible this year,” said midfielder Djibril Sow.
But be careful, because West Ham United is an uncomfortable rival. “English teams go into play with great intensity. We know that, we have to be ready for that,” warned Sow. Glasner also expects a hot duel. “They are physically very strong, prefer a quick game to the top and are extremely dangerous according to standard situations,” he said about the opponent. “It will be a difficult game, but we look forward to the challenge.”
In this game, the Hesse cannot rely on the support of tens of thousands of Eintracht supporters. Due to the strict ticket allocation in England, the pictures of Barcelona, where around 30,000 Eintracht fans in the stadium, will not repeat their team to win 3-2. Glasner still expects an atmospheric backdrop: “The West Ham fans will certainly make the mood right. And the 3000 Eintrachters too. We are happy about every Frankfurter who is on site and supports us.”