Vor a few weeks, the Frankfurt football world was still in order. Of the injury concerns, which also contribute to the start of the Europa League to tense mood, could be during the training camp in South Tyrol, no question. Even with Adi Hütter, by nature a rather reserved nature, positive impressions during the preparation provided for an optimistic view of the things that solved his tongue: During a fan-fest, he received from the researching moderator with the subtle hint the microphone in pressed his hand that his predecessor in the service of the Frankfurt in the northern Italian mountains had always laid the foundation that it went up with concord – and he must certainly be measured.
Hütter might not promise too much on the spot, but formulated a message that was applauded by the audience from Hessen. He wanted that already in the first season under his direction presented presentable results: "The dream should live," he summarized the good intentions of his work with the team. Some hope has since been surpassed by reality.
No soaring in the table
In the cup, the defending champion quickly failed. In the championship is after three matchdays with only three points and a program in which it goes on crisp, so fast no flight in the table to be expected. He was "not quite happy," said Hütter bluntly this week. Also with regard to his own position, the Austrian is clear that a respectable victory in the European Cup would be extremely helpful. Otherwise, the pressure would grow. The comeback in international business is enormously important both at board level and in fan circles.
That the expectation does not make things easier for him, Hütter also before the duel at Olympique Marseille on this Thursday (18.55 clock, live at DAZN) recognize. Against the French it comes for the Bundesliga Twelfth to return to the Europa League, where they last made in the 2013/2014 season for positive headlines. Hütter was under no illusion about the gravity of the task. The followers should like to indulge in beautiful memories and indulge in pink wishful thinking. He said himself, also due to some unexpected failures, rather modest: "We will find opportunities and want to take something," he said on Wednesday in the Stade Vélodrom.
"Must accept the situation"
That should be complicated. Olympique ranked second in Ligue 1 after five games, behind PSG. The opponent is certainly strong, although it is not clear how the lack of fan support due to the exclusion of spectators by the European Football Union impact, Hütter said. "We have to accept the situation, respect it, and get it out for us." Otherwise, he saw the fact that all ranks remain empty, pragmatic: Thus, the own players should "better understand" when he calls tactical instructions.
Pressing and Gegenpressing last worked more handsome. The team managed to defend more compactly by high runner effort; the goals conceded to the disadvantage of Bremen and BVB resulted from standard situations. While the duel values were correct, there was no lack of creativity and ball security on offense. "We can do better," said Gelson Fernandes, who also took on the duty. The Swiss could start together with Lucas Torró against Marseille on the six-position.
The unerring Haller
Since he, like his colleague, has particular strengths in the conquest of the bullet and not in the initiation of attacks, it will depend on whether Filip Kostic on the wing or Mijat Gacinovic from a central position will make more effective use of their opportunities, including Sebastien, who has been so far accurate Haller in the top even more often to stage. "We will have to survive there," said Fernandes. It is of great importance for the coming weeks not to return home from Marseille empty-handed, "that is important for self-confidence".
Fernandes knows Olympique from his time in the jersey of Stade Rennes and St. Etienne – and is full of praise. He expects a competitor who will "with much speed and talent" from the first minute to seek his chance. It is important to be "more concentrated" in order to minimize the consequences of the mistakes that have recently led to defeats by mutual assistance, so that they are no longer significant. "The mentality in our country is right," said Fernandes. "We play well, only the reward is missing." That no audience is allowed to watch, he found "a pity, since the mood in Marseille is actually always fantastic."
Kevin Trapp also knows the facts par excellence. With Paris he enters four derbies against OM – and lost none. A good omen? "We have to be ready to deliver," said the Eintracht goalkeeper, who also regretted setting up the game as a "ghost game": "It has always been incredibly loud here, and we would have liked to bring 10,000 fans." Still, stay it unfamiliar a football European Cup game in which there are three points to win. To get them all, stressed Hütter, was the Frankfurt goal. "It's about a lot," was the final word of the coach, before he left for the final training. That was the most important thing for him.