1960, 1980, 2022? Frankfurt has a third international final on hand. For weeks there was no other topic in town than the game against West Ham.
A stadium filled with 48,500 cheering fans, a mild spring evening of 17 degrees and an excellent starting location: in Eintracht Frankfurt everything is ready for a magical evening of football, which should end with the third participation in a European final.
“It’s one of the most important matches of the entire season,” goalkeeper Kevin Trapp said ahead of the semi-final second leg against West Ham United on Thursday. “I’m convinced we’ll make it clear on home ground. The pitch is going to explode.” PM (9 PM / RTL). The opportunity is enormous, and so is the climax of the fall: the Europa League final on May 18 in Seville – or nothing.
“The location is very nice. The weather is very nice and we are really looking forward to the second leg,” said coach Oliver Glasner, who was delighted with the impressive 2-1 first-leg win in London. Eintracht, who has yet to lose in the current European Cup season, is moving into the second leg as a favourites, and third place in the European final after 1960 and 1980 appears within reach.
“My feeling is that at the international level, Germany are all Eintracht fans. The recognition of our achievements is there. But it is about not living in the past, but focusing on focus and putting our game on the pitch.” pic.twitter.com/v0JJzHh9sr
– Eintracht Frankfurt May 4, 2022
“Going to the final will be a milestone for us. Not only in terms of sport and history, but also in terms of access and visibility,” said CEO Axel Hellmann.
Celebrities in the stadium
Accordingly, the 2006 World Cup stadium stands will feature prominently on Thursday. UEFA arrived with President Aleksander Ceferin, General Secretary Theodore Theodorides and Vice President Giorgio Marchetti. Hellmann said he considers this a tribute to the notable sporting events and the football club’s standing in the European Cup. “We consider it a special honor and will treat it accordingly.”
Hardly any team is as competitive as Hesian, who knocked out Betis Sevilla in the last minute and Barcelona superbly at the Camp Nou. More than 30 thousand fans were in Barcelona, and about 10 thousand in London for the first match: if the jump to Seville, where the German final against Leipzig could wait in two weeks, tens of thousands must go to Andalusia. “We want to go to Seville, we did it at half-time and we did it very well,” said president Peter Fischer.
Very popular tickets
Ecstasy in fan circles seems limitless. The club could have sold more than 100,000 tickets for the second leg, and the previous round against Barcelona was 300,000. Glasner and his team also look better in terms of personnel: Ivan Ndica and Kristian Jakic return after suspension, Martin Hinterger returns after illness.
“The obvious path is to play forward. That should be our approach. We’re up 2-1, but we’re not content with what we’ve achieved,” declared Glasner, who is acquainted with Frankfurt and more recently as an ice hockey fan in looking at the standing room block with the lions with confidence. He was sitting on the press stand in a T-shirt, quite relaxed and in a good mood. It could be a golden spring for him after he was criticized in the summer for his departure from the Champions League club Wolfsburg.
Police on duty
After the 2019 final, which was missed by a hair’s breadth – when Frankfurt only failed on penalties at Chelsea – the penultimate move should work this time around. Football holiday is expected in the main capital police On high alert. Since more than 5,000 Englishmen are expected in the city, many officials will be on duty. The goal is to completely separate the two groups of fans on match day.
In addition to UEFA celebrities, Eintracht invited other guests to a very special evening in his arena. Former coaches Friedhelm Funkel, Armin Veh, Niko Kovac and Adi Hütter should be seated in the stands. “You can understand what these special moments of unity mean,” Hellmann said, referring to previous important matches in European competition.
Glasner’s predecessor, Hutter, left the club last summer, after a poor sporting finish, the breakup was with background noise. Now is the time to check and loosen some things from the past, Hillman declared now with the offer to visit Hütter. About a year ago, after the departure of Hütter and sporting director Freddy Bobic, the Hessians faced a very uncertain future. Now two games separate them from winning a huge and prestigious Silver Cup.
Eintracht Frankfurt: Trapp – Tuta, Hinteregger, Ndicka – Rode, Sow – Knauff, Kostic – Hauge, Kamada – Borré
West Ham United: Areola – Johnson, Dawson, Zouma, Cresswell – Suschek, Rice, Fornals – Bowen, Antonio, Benrahma
Referee: Jesus Gil Manzano (Spain).
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