Eintracht Frankfurt shows a tactically disciplined performance in Hoffenheim and stops the free fall with the 2-1 victory for now.
- Eintracht Frankfurt starts the second half of the season with a win
- Trainer Adi Hütter stay careful
- Fredi Bobic wants to take the momentum with them
Frankfurt coach Adi Hütter did not cheer the end of a “terrible away record” particularly effusively or even euphorically. Two fists clenched when the game in Sinsheim was finally over, the coach colleagues including the sports director hugged briefly. Even later, in the verbal post-processing of the 2: 1 (1: 0) success at TSG Hoffenheim, the notes in minor had dominated. “I’m not saying that everything was great”, the football teacher summed up the 90 minutes in Kraichgau. The relief that he finally knocked over the famous goat was still ripe for hands, he saw no reason for extensive jubilee scenes, he obviously doesn’t quite trust the roast yet.
Eintracht Frankfurt with the first step
So did Eintracht Frankfurt manage the turnaround? After the first win after seven winless Bundesliga games?
The success in Sinsheim was at least a first step out of the crisis and was undoubtedly extremely important. It is important for the self-confidence of the team, which was recently in the basement, important for the atmosphere in the club, and above all important to gain the distance to the relegation places. And important with regard to soft factors: Eintracht Frankfurt could finally taste the feeling of a sweet victory. A feeling that the Hessians almost didn’t know anymore, the last success, you know, dated November 2nd, 5-1 against Bayern Munich, ten long weeks ago. No wonder that the coach spoke afterwards of an “absolute liberation”. Or as the very confident-looking goalkeeper Kevin Trapp said: “Now we can take a deep breath.”
Eintracht Frankfurt: The break was good for everyone
Hardly any team in the league has longed for the winter break as much as the frequent players of Eintracht. “She did us good,” said sports director Fredi Bobic. The people of Frankfurt used the short time to gather lost forces, to reposition themselves and, among other things, to study a new tactical system. As expected, Hütter sent his team – without the sick Makoto Hasebe – into the game with a chain of four against TSG Hoffenheim, Almamy Touré, Martin Hinteregger, David Abraham and Evan Ndicka. “In our situation, it’s important to be compact in the back. We succeeded. We have been working on this over the past few weeks, and that was reflected on the pitch, ”said Trapp, who had recovered from his shoulder injury and who was last on the pitch for the only away win to date, the 2-1 loss at Union Berlin on September 27th.
The Eintracht acted much more closed than last, in fact little allowed. Trapp had to do normal goalkeeper work, in the meantime equalization by Konstantinos Stafylifdis (47th) via long range he was powerless, once again the significantly improved Djbril Sow (76th) had to clear on the line with his head, but the Kraichgauer did not raise great danger. “That was a great team effort,” said Hütter, “tactically, it was incredibly disciplined.” Sebastian Rode, for example, had completely subordinated himself to the team, defensively ran to all rooms, disturbed the opponent, but was therefore practically unsuccessful in building his own game.
Adi Hütter praises good training work
The coach was unable to promise what in detail made the decision to have another victory, and “deserve it”: the new freshness, the system change, the return of top performers like Kevin Trapp and Captain David Abraham or the return of luck – that’s how Timothy Chandler scored the winning goal at the time (62nd) when Hoffenheim was on the trigger and the game threatened to tip over to the disadvantage of Eintracht. Certainly, all factors played a certain role.
Hütter found it crucial that the team had finally been able to train together for 14 days in a row. “I saw a lot of things that we trained last,” said the Austrian. “Much more vertical, much faster, much more dangerous” than last you played forward. And: This Saturday-Saturday rhythm will remain in the next two weeks, only in February will the Hesse again face a multiple burden with the DFB Cup (against RB Leipzig) and the Europa League (against RB Salzburg).
Eintracht against RB Leipzig: duel next Saturday
With a bit more consistency in the end, the win could have been made earlier on the one hand, and could have been higher on the other. Mijat Gacinovic, who played well and prepared the lead through Bas Dost (18th), could have scored two goals (27th and 84th), Filip Kostic, the sprinter on the left wing, hit the crossbar twice ( 28th and 90th), finally substitute Danny da Costa forgave motherly in front of Hoffenheim goalkeeper debutant Philipp Pentke (88th). “We had chances for five or six goals,” said goalkeeper Trapp. In the end it was enough.
Agreement against Hoffenheim: The players in individual criticism
Is victory good as an initial spark? It remains to be seen. Next Saturday a top-class player will come into the city forest, leaders RB Leipzig, and with six wins the best away team in the league. But with the mentality shown again, with the team unity and this will, at least a little of the long-buried feeling returns to be competitive again. That was not the case at the end of the first half of the season. “If we continue to play like this, we have a chance against every opponent,” said Gacinovic. Keeper Trapp praised the performance of Sinsheim as “more than building”.
Fredi Bobic now wishes to take this momentum into the second half of the season, which has many ambitious tasks for Eintracht. “We showed the DNA that defines us and that we need to be successful. If we continue in this style, the points will come automatically. “
And then the head of sports was asked if he had ever had any doubts about the chosen route: “Nope”, the board replied briefly and briefly. At least Fredi Bobic has lost none of his self-confidence.