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Rode’s premonition of the hierarchy at Eintracht Frankfurt

Als it would have guessed Sebastian Rode. The captain of Frankfurt Eintracht recently said that “the youngsters have to move up”. The defensive midfielder was concerned with assuming responsibility in the team. Rode named his neighbor in the sixth position, Djibril Sow, by name. This “plays a role” for him, said the captain. “Djibi has a lot of minutes on his back and is now coming to an age where he has to take more responsibility.”

The Swiss Sow, national player in his home country, is 25 years old. In the previous season he played a total of 43 competitive games in three competitions with Eintracht. The strong professional was a frequent player in his club. A constant in the successful community, who surprisingly won the Europa League thanks to their team spirit.

On Wednesday, Sow captained Frankfurt in the 5-0 friendly win in Walldorf. Although Rode will keep this post. But the 31-year-old, who had to slow down in training due to a knee irritation, was only used by coach Oliver Glasner from the 46th minute. Sow advanced because other candidates ahead of him in the hierarchy were also unavailable at the start of the game. Goalkeeper Kevin Trapp was absent because of a cold. Makoto Hasebe also had to give way to defender Tuta before the 38-year-old Japanese replaced the 15-year-old Brazilian after the half-time break. And Martin Hinteregger ended his career this summer. The Austrian wasn’t keen on the bandage, as he had enough to do with himself.

As far as his nature goes, Sow is a soft-spoken man. It doesn’t push him to the fore. But when the Swiss is asked, he makes clear statements. Sow has something to say. He, who joined Eintracht in 2019, is now ready to play an important role in the team off the pitch. Newcomer Mario Götze is also firmly planned for this. His career predestines him for this task.

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