Facing a high hurdle Eintracht Frankfurt on the 8th matchday. In the top game on Saturday evening, the Hessians have RB Leipzig to guest. The second in the table is currently the best defense in the Bundesliga with four goals against. Coach Adi Hütter expects a brisk game and knows that his team will have to catch an extraordinary day to bring the Champions League participant from Saxony to their knees.
At the obligatory matchday press conference on Friday afternoon, the Eintracht coach was happy that all national players came back healthy. “That’s the most important thing for me as a club coach,” said the Austrian. “The players presented themselves well and, above all, fit again in training,” emphasized the trainer, who also had a few words of praise for RB Leipzig.
“Leipzig is a Champions League team that is very well equipped offensively,” said the 50-year-old. The second in the table has a lot of quality, especially on the left. “We have to defend well, accept the duels and switch quickly,” demanded Hütter. However, the head coach also expects his team to act courageously and set playful accents. “We have to throw everything into the balance to beat an opponent like Leipzig,” said the ex-professional.
Before the top game, the Hessians have to complain about three failures. In addition to Ragnar Ache, who will probably not be available again until next year after his tendon operation, Sebastian Rode and Amin Younes will also be out. While the latter tested positive for Corona, Rode struggled with tendon irritation on his buttocks. “Apart from that, as things stand today, all players are fit for tomorrow,” said Hütter.
Compared to the last matchday (2: 2 against Stuttgart), no major changes are to be expected in the line-up, even if, according to Hütter, there are players who “scratch the starting eleven”. There is nothing to shake about the line-up of the triple chain with Martin Hinteregger, David Abraham, and Makoto Hasebe, behind whom Kevin Trapp will guard the gate. In the absence of Rode, Dominik Kohr and Stefan Ilsanker should start again in the central midfield. On the right wing, the defensively stronger Almamy Touré could be given preference over Aymen Barkok.
On the other hand, Filip Kostic can celebrate his starting comeback. After tearing his inner ligament, the 28-year-old made a brief assignment before the international break. “Now he was with the national team and played there another 60 minutes,” explained Hütter. “He’s certainly not in great shape yet, but an alternative for tomorrow’s game nonetheless.” If the Serb first takes a seat on the bench, Steven Zuber starts. Daichi Kamada in ten position and Bas Dost and André Silva at the front complete the starting line-up.