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Oliver Glasner forms new defense at Eintracht Frankfurt

DThis three-man defense was never allowed to audition for the Europa League winners. And the Frankfurters, who have to be flexible, will often no longer present themselves in this line-up. The biggest personal surprise was in the Champions League home game against Olympique Marseille Hrvoje Smolcic, which was won 2-1. Not because the 22-year-old Croatian played, but where he played.

Smolcic slipped into the role of Primus Makoto Hasebe (38 years old), who has been missing from Frankfurt for some time due to injury in his parade function as game strategist. In the premier class of football, Smolcic was in the starting lineup for the first time – and that in the central position in the back three, because Hasebe’s deputy Tuta also had to pass due to his suspension. In Frankfurt, left-footed Smolcic had not been seen as a centerpiece on the defensive.

His neighbor Kristijan Jakic had also given the sweeper in the lively changing personnel arrangement. This time, however, the 25-year-old Croatian moved to the right-hand side as a right-footed defender; At least not for the first time this season. And Evan Ndicka? The Frenchman (23) kept his usual place on the left; As expected, the top dog was not part of the interplay that had become necessary.

Glasner does not complain

As far as his defensive formation is concerned, Oliver Glasner has become an improvisation artist in Frankfurt. Again and again it turns out differently than planned and desired by the coach. But the Austrian doesn’t complain about that, he always takes on the challenge anew in a sporty way, without excitement. As if by magic, he has made the right personnel decisions in most cases. In this respect, too, Glasner is a great asset to Eintracht.

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