Disillusionment at Eintracht Frankfurt: Looking for Positives after Stuttgart Defeat

There is disillusionment at Eintracht Frankfurt after the 3-0 defeat in Stuttgart. The protagonists nevertheless tried to highlight positive aspects – not all of which had to do with the performance.

Not satisfied with the Frankfurt performance: Robin Koch. picture alliance/dpa

“We knew that Stuttgart were in a very good mood and that we had to be ready – we weren’t,” said goalkeeper Kevin Trapp about his team’s performance in Stuttgart in the first half Sky to the point. “The first two goals were far too cheap. The way we conceded the goals is unnecessary.” First, Stuttgart’s Angelo Stiller was able to play a through pass to goalscorer Serhou Guirassy without much opposition pressure, but before the score was 2-0, Robin Koch lost the ball to Deniz Undav in the build-up.

Koch, who had complained about a foul by Undav immediately after the goal, admitted after the game: “I’ll probably have to play the ball out of the air with the first contact. If I hit it out, nothing will happen. But that will happen later “We made individual mistakes today.”

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At least according to Koch, it wasn’t due to Frankfurt’s approach of attacking Stuttgart high, which sometimes resulted in shockingly large spaces for VfB in the midfield. “We weren’t there, we weren’t in the duels,” he complained, “we don’t even need to start with the tactics because we weren’t aggressive enough.” Coach Dino Toppmöller also defended his strategy: “That was our idea. We didn’t want to hide and be at the back, but rather go forward. You have to swallow the third goal conceded, but the first two goals we conceded annoy me immensely, we have them shot in myself.”

It was precisely the 0-1 defeat by Guirassy that made Toppmöller angry. “We’ve been talking about the chain’s connection behavior all week, and in the end it’s not offside,” he explained, “that really annoys me.” Frankfurt has been waiting for a win for over a month now – and is still on course for Europe in sixth place. “The mood is strangely very bad,” said Trapp, assessing the public perception of his team: “Often rightly so, because the results weren’t what we had hoped for. But we’re still sixth and must have done a lot right, otherwise you’ll be you’re not in the table.”

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The SGE players also tried to pull themselves up on other things that were not directly related to the performance on Saturday evening. “What was going on in the guest block is not a given,” Trapp praised the fans who traveled with him: “They celebrate us as if we had won the game. We now have to make sure that it becomes very difficult for the opponent to play in our stadium .” By this he meant the upcoming game against the direct competitor from Augsburg, which is now only three points behind the SGE in the table.

Toppmöller also highlighted the increase in performance in the second round as a source of encouragement: “We then saw what a difference it makes when we bring a different basic aggressiveness onto the pitch. If we do it like that and go out more courageously and aggressively, then we can create problems for every opponent place.”

It could also help that the staffing level, which has been severely thinned out in Stuttgart, could become thicker again. Mario Götze missed Saturday’s game for a short time with conjunctivitis, but against Augsburg “I think it’s working again,” said Toppmöller, who was also “confident” in the case of Ellyes Skhiri. The midfielder, who missed the last two games with a calf problem, is scheduled to undergo an MRI scan during the week.

2024-04-13 20:31:40
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