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Dress rehearsal against Walldorf before the start of the season

When Eintracht Frankfurt play at regional league club Astoria Walldorf this Wednesday (6:00 p.m.), the test match is referred to as a dress rehearsal. Five days later, the Europa League winners have their first competitive game of the new season: away against second division promoted Magdeburg in the first main round of the DFB Cup. Eintracht head coach Oliver Glasner is likely to send the starting eleven onto the field in Walldorf, which should prevail in the role of favorites in Saxony-Anhalt from 8.45 p.m. on Monday of the coming week.

The Eintracht supporters could have had an idea of ​​​​Glasner’s personnel planning for the start of the season last Saturday. But the private game against Ajax Amsterdam, which the Hessians classified as an “endurance test”, had to be canceled due to Corona cases in the Netherlands. The people of Frankfurt didn’t want to risk a corona outbreak.

So not only was the flight to Salzburg – the game was to be played in Grödig – in vain. In terms of sport, the showdown with the Champions League participants – Ajax, like Eintracht, is one of the winners – would also have been an important indicator for Glasner’s team. But nobody in the Frankfurt camp wanted to complain about the short-term cancellation of the game.

The Hessians, who instead played an internal training game “yellow” against “grey” in Grödig, feel prepared for an emergency. “We have made a significant step forward,” says captain Sebastian Rode, looking at the substance of the new squad. The additions such as Mario Götze (from Eindhoven), Lucas Alario (Leverkusen) and Randal Kolo Muani (Nantes) have raised the level significantly, “we have increased the quality across the board and at the top”.

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