MArco Russ can not wait. "These are pictures for life," said the central defender of the Frankfurt Eintracht. European Cup at home and away against Porto and Bordeaux: "Everything comes back up now." Now that the opponent Lazio is called Rome and Eintracht again preparing to cause a stir in the Europa League. Sporty, but also atmospheric. The Frankfurt temporary captain Russ is sure "that we will get to see a big choreography of our fans". Something like this is booming when Eintracht is in action in Europe. At the previous Europa League games five years ago, the supporters before each home game put a lot of effort and let their creativity run wild. This will not be any different for Lazio, who will be in the 47,000-seat Arena this Thursday at 9pm. Eintracht coach Adi Hütter said on Wednesday that his team wants to be guided by it. "We want to play forward with emotion and euphoria."
Second group game, first home game: After the coup of Marseille, where Eintracht started well with the surprising 2-1 at Olympique in the group stage, will now be set against Rome another exclamation point. In contrast to the game on the Mediterranean, in which without spectators "a feeling as on the football field prevailed", as Russ said, the Eintracht veteran expects a home crowd with something completely different. "Our fans will push us. That gives us positive energy. "Whether this will be enough to defeat the current sixth of the first Italian Serie A, who also wears the eagle in his club coat of arms, will show. In any case, Hütter has set all levers in advance in order to get his team in tune with the Romans in the best possible way, thanks in part to video analytics, in which two professionals have been particularly in the focus of the Frankfurt: Ciro Immobile and Sergei Milinkovic-Savic. In front of the 28-year-old "super striker" Immobile, once in Bundesliga times at Borussia Dortmund on the ball, Eintracht coach Hütter has a similar high opinion as from the five years younger Milinkovic Savic. "Ciro is always good for goals. We have to get him under control, because Lazio is washed with all the waters. "Which also lies with the Serbian midfield strategist. "I used to play with his father in Graz. There Sergei was still a little boy. "Now he is grown up and wants to continue with Lazio in Frankfurt, which started the Romans to the European Cup start in 2-1 against Apollon Limassol: with victorious football.
"I will not reveal anything"
As expected, Hütter did not allow himself to be lured out of the reserve for concrete personnel and tactical questions, just over 30 hours before kick-off. "I will not reveal anything," he said several times. Only in the Causa David Abraham there is clarity. The Argentine, still suffering from adductor problems, will not play. For his part, as already on Sunday in the Bundesliga in the liberation against Hannover Russ ready. "Should I play and lead the team on the field," said the 33-year-old defender with all due caution also in the direction of sitting next to him coach, "this would of course be a great honor."
This was the last time he played in the European Cup in the home game against Apoel Nicosia. To cleverly take pressure from his team, Eintracht coach Hütter said, "that Lazio is among the favorites in this group. We need a strong game to win. "Eintracht needs strength in all parts of the team to make" this highlight "that Russ talk about a real highlight. "Many do not even know what's going to happen in the stadium," predicted Russ.
There will be a lot going on before the kickoff. Not only the choreography will provide for cheers, but also the official farewell of a player whose departure the harmony could not compensate until today: Kevin-Prince Boateng. One of the cup-winners, having been the top scorer (three goals) in midfield since Italy's start of the season in fifth-placed Sassuolo Calcio, takes the unique opportunity to make an impressive backdrop in the presence of his special and former team-mate Ante Rebic ("Bruda, hit the ball long ") words of thanks to lose. Winning – the Eintracht players want that without their former leader Boateng.