Frankfurt coach Adi Hütter, who barely landed in Cyprus, was not for a long time and quickly formulated a general goal. "It is the first of three match balls", and the woolly transformation of the Eintracht Frankfurt.
Winning with Apollon Limassol on Thursday night (18:55 / DAZN) or a draw (if Marseille will not win in Rome), and Hessian Bundesliga club would qualify for the semi-finals, earlier than he had imagined. "We want to advance to the next round," said coach Hütter in Nicosia before the team rushed for the last training in the Cyprus capital at the GSP stadium that evening. "We have a great opportunity and we want to use it".
And the coach of Frankfurt had no doubt that he would send his allegedly best team to the pitch. "On Sunday, we will not be very close to the league match against Schalke." We play fully, "he said, but did not look at the cards, he did not want to reveal whether he would start with a magical triumvirate in the attack. Sebastien Haller played again.
Question mark in Fernandes
However, the use of Gelson Fernandes, who suffered injuries in a 3-0 victory against VfB Stuttgart, is uncertain, but on Tuesday he felt good and made a trip to the island of the gods. Regardless of whether the game is still open – in the end it would be his 25th match in Europe. But even if the 32-year-old Swiss could not be used, it would not be an obstacle on Hütter's forehead.
Eintracht would then have to act without a trained defensive midfielder. But on the sixth, Hessen was also the last in the second part of Stuttgart and against Dusseldorf, Marc Stendera, from the beginning oriented in the offensive, he played a defensive role towards everyone's satisfaction. "It worked well." The mood in the band was also always well-matched Fernandes. "We want to really accelerate" and make over 5000 people like fans traveling to the island. "We've come to get a really good result."
Of course, Guardians and Entourage in Frankfurt do not want to disregard the home page. The fact that Apollon scored only one point in two league matches and AEL Limassol league leaders next Sunday before the derby of the city does not matter to the Austrian coach. "It will not be an easy task for us." By going, you will not achieve the desired success. "Apollon will show a different face at home than in Frankfurt." There, Eintracht also took advantage of the serious error of the Cypriot goalkeeper before 1: 0. Limassol has a "great quality" in a fun way, "said Hütter. Gelson Fernandes agreed: "If you give them time, they can play football well".
This is what Eintracht Frankfurt wants to avoid, it is the new strength of Hessian who wants to attack as early as possible and as physically as possible. In Frankfurt, which worked great in Cyprus, you want to repeat it. The band knew after an intensive video studio well informed about the opponent, he was Fernandes' midfielder. "There will be no surprise." It sounded like a promise.