Makoto Hasebe is the calming influence at Eintracht Frankfurt

Nhen the Bundesliga game on Saturday (3.30 p.m. in the FAZ live ticker for the Bundesliga and on Sky) against VfB Stuttgart, Frankfurt’s Eintracht can breathe a little. Not all concord, many players travel to their national teams and will not relax there.

But there are some Frankfurt main and supporting actors who can gain a little distance from Sunday, gather strength or get really fit before it continues with six English weeks in a row until the World Cup break: Mario Götze, Tuta, Evan Ndicka , Sebastian Rode, Luca Pellegrini and Junior Dina Ebimbe will benefit from the concentrated training days, as will trainer Oliver Glasner.

The basic mood in which the welcome interruption of the game will take place depends on the discussion with the Stuttgart team. So far, the pendulum of emotions has been swinging violently week after week, from jubilant to the skies after the 4-0 win over Leipzig to saddened to death after the 1-0 loss to Wolfsburg.

Resting pole and stabilizer of the defense

There is an uneasiness about Eintracht that is difficult to explain. The triumph in the Europa League has by no means ensured serenity. This applies to the playing field, where, with a few exceptions, the processes are not taken for granted. But it’s also jerky next to the field. Glasner has lost a bit of his sense of humor and sovereignty – perhaps due to the wear and tear of the hectic months including the transfer time. The Austrian sometimes comes off as a little over the top in his actions on the touchline and in his comments to his players.



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