Dhe perspective has changed noticeably over the past few days, during which everyone has been able to feel confirmed that their collaboration is developing well again this season. Of course, said Sebastian Rode, a Bundesliga table after the eleventh matchday is at best a snapshot, but in the case of Eintracht it is currently a very nice one, which he likes to look at, whereby he can assure that nobody from his teammates can rely on what has been achieved so far imagine something or even rest on it.
The opposite, said the captain, was the case. After Eintracht had direct contact with the relegation zone two months ago in fifteenth place, they are now one of the most promising pursuers of leaders Union Berlin: they now have 20 points on their account. Among other things, Daniel Farke, the coach of Borussia from Mönchengladbach, who was presented in phases at 1: 3 by the Hessians, congratulated the winning eleven and his counterpart on the other side, Oliver Glasner, on completing their identification process faster than others and now represent “the team in the best form” in German club football. The Hessians could rightly get to work “full of self-confidence”.
It sounded similar to Rode, Eintracht’s midfield mastermind. In the Bundesliga, as the 32-year-old fighter outlined the next goals, “we want to stay on top”. Four games are still on the mandatory program before the ball rests in this country and the main focus of the scene is on the World Cup in Qatar.
Until then, Eintracht will have to deal with Borussia Dortmund (October 29) and TSG Hoffenheim (November 9) at home, away at FC Augsburg (5th Augsburg) and in the Rhein-Main derby of Mainz 05 (13th November). . November) will be required – a process that, especially in the current constitution, does not appear as if the people of Frankfurt should be particularly afraid of it.
“We are stronger and have a lot of energy,” Djibril Sow listed two advantages that also made things difficult for Borussia. Before the break, Jesper Lindström scored the goals in the 7th and 45th minute and Junior Ebimbe (29th) to give them a 3-0 lead, which they couldn’t resist. Marcus Thuram’s goal (72′) after a mistake by Kristijan Jakic, who was the last man to not clear the ball energetically enough, did not cause any major problems, although the carelessness annoyed Glasner.
“We have to be critical with ourselves,” said the 48-year-old, who expects in the future that the points will be “taken home even more confidently” if the balance of power is similar to that on Saturday. Otherwise, the ambitious coach had little to complain about.
With Mario Götze, Daichi Kamada and Sow, the team had a functioning triumvirate that took control of the ball and, when switching actions, involved the fast Randal Kolo Muani, Lindström or Junior Ebimbe, who had been converted to right-back, into the attacks in such a way that their speed broke them of the back four blew up again and again.
Replay success would be helpful
For their part, the Frankfurters kept the center tight and, in return, combined directly into the top. Rode spoke of a “great victory”, it sometimes looked “fantastic” how the men in black played cat and mouse with the competitors dressed in white. Sow emphasized that it is now “constantly” possible to call up the potential: “Apart from two mistakes of our own, we didn’t actually allow anything and were always there. That was very efficient today.”
This Wednesday (9 p.m. in the FAZ live ticker for the Champions League and on DAZN) it is important to continue with the freestyle in the Champions League, in which Eintracht is fourth in Group D (four points) – but must be at least third , to be part of Europe after the winter. A win in the second leg against second-placed Olympique Marseille (six points) would be helpful, because in the parallel encounter between Tottenham Hotspur (seven) and Sporting Lisbon (six), both can improve to the detriment of Eintracht.
“Marseille can come,” Rode announced with conviction. He is optimistic that it will be possible to continue the successful performance of September 13 in the first meeting, in which Eintracht won 1-0. Sports director Markus Krösche expects a duel “at eye level” against the French, who lost their dress rehearsal 0:1 against RC Lens.
“It’s going to be a tough fight, but if we throw in the elements that we showed in Gladbach, we have our chance.” Eintracht wants their fourth win in the fourth game in a row – and then on November 1 in the Portuguese capital “close the bag” for the premier class, Krösche formulated his wish. Such statements recently sounded bold. Now they are not so unrealistic anymore.