Eintracht Frankfurt in the squad: Kostik and the search for the striker

DrHe led Frankfurter Eintracht’s first competitive match of the new season to SV Waldhof Mannheim on August 8th. In the first round of the German Football Association Cup, new coach Oliver Glasner’s team will have to compete with the third-tier football club. In the final test against Saint-Etienne on Saturday there was 2-1. Newcomers met Christopher Lenz and Raphael Bury. How is Eintracht prepared a week before the first compulsory assignment?

the aim

Kevin Trapp will be at the gate. Glasner and goalkeeper coach Jan Zimmermann don’t have to worry about taking on a goalkeeping position. Unless Trapp is infected. Trapp is a key figure in the Eintracht team. The club president is highly respected as a tenacious leader. Two newcomers are vying for a seat on the bench: Jens Grahl, who came from FC Stuttgart at FB Stuttgart, and Diant Ramage (1.FC Heidenheim). It’s a generational battle – Grail is 32, and German Kosovar Ramage is only 19. Talent has not yet played a competitive game among professionals. Grahl has so far played “only” twelve Bundesliga matches for TSG Hoffenheim.


Glasner decided to give his team “more defensive stability”. but how? The Austrian can play with four defenses. The two central positions could then be taken by left-footed players Martin Hinterger and Ivan Ndica. Eintracht does not have stronger defenders to offer.

On the right, Tota is the first choice, and the multi-skilled Stefan Ilsanker would be able to replace him in this position. Elmami Toure will not be available at the start of the season due to a tendon injury. Christopher Lenz, who came from Union Berlin, is likely to occupy the place on the left side of the defence. On the other hand, if Glasner chooses a triple defense series, they will form Tota, Hintergerr and Ndika (from right to left). In the event of injuries or a ban, 38-year-old Makoto Hasebe would also be an option. The Japanese enters its fourteenth season in the German League.

Attention, an Austrian defense specialist comes by plane: Martin Hinterger secures order in the aft of Eintracht.

Photo: dpa

central midline

Frankfurt has a lot of midfielders. In the middle, game strategist Hasebe is the guarantor of stability in sixth place. With his general outlook and experience, he contributes greatly to a good gameplay system. Sebastian Ruud, the new captain, also enriches the Frankfurt match with his great running desire and fighting power. But for this he must be in full possession. At the moment, he is again suffering from an injury in the form of knee irritation.

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