Adi Hütter and Fredi Bobic did not want to stop loving each other. The two creators of the current success at Eintracht Frankfurt clapped happily in the cabin section and embraced each other intimately. It is quite possible that they congratulated each other for a series of Cup winners that were hardly considered possible: after eleven Bundesliga match days, the Hessians have taken fourth place – and are currently ahead of record champions FC Bayern with former Eintracht coach Niko Kovac. "It's really a great moment when you look at the table," said new coach Hütter.
Responding to the high-altitude flight, the Austrian looked long and almost incredulously at the current table. "We've been lower down", joked Hütter after the furious 3-0 over FC Schalke 04, which meant the eighth win in the past nine competitive matches. The success of the Frankfurt, who had to cope with heavy disposals in the summer, comes in this form completely surprising. Hütter had noticed as the successor to Cup Winners Kovac in the summer: High expectations, lousy start.
"In the beginning we really got one on the lid," said Hütter. He did not overdo it. After the 0: 5 against Bayern Munich in the Supercup sat the new Eintracht coach with depressed expression relatively served next to his predecessor, who explained the victory as easily as he had looked. A thoughtful Hütter and a happy-boisterous Kovac: These are pictures, as you have not seen them this fall.
"We pulled ourselves out of the swamp together. That's a nice snapshot, "said the 48-year-old. In the stands, the mood in the Hesse has been similar to a long-term party for weeks. After almost every game the fans dance the waltz, the 3: 0 against the breaking apart Schalke flanked the curve with loud songs "German champion is only the SBU". And Hütter? "I just hear it's loud."
The team at Matchwinner Luka Jovic, who heads the Bundesliga top goalscorer list after his two goals, has Hütter's signature. From the snappy and compact Kovac Eintracht has become a playful and combination secure Hütter Eintracht, which unleashes the Austrians more often with three strikers. "We are all very happy. This is a team that is on the way to turning from an average to a great team, "said Jonathan de Guzman on Sunday.
Above all, the significantly improved offensive is a merit of Hütter. In addition to Jovic Sebastien Haller met again, the summer hot adored Ante Rebic now runs as a playmaker and shines currently without their own goals. "It's nice to play with all three. That's fun, "said former striker Bobic on Sky.
For the sports executive, the same applies as for Hütter: In the summer he was after the four departures of Lukas Hradecky, Marius Wolf, Omar Mascarell and Kevin-Prince Boateng still in the criticism, today speaks of the quartet quit none. Mascarell sat in the defeat on Sunday 90 minutes on the Schalke Bank. And Bobic? With the World Cup second Rebic extended and shooting star Jovic borrowed with a purchase option for ridicule. "If he realizes that he has to do a few yards left and right, then he can become world class," Bobic said about the only 20-year-old Serb. Not bad for a rumored sum of just over ten million euros.