For Frankfurt Eintracht, the season starts on August 8 with the first round of the DFB Cup at third division Waldhof Mannheim. “A lot of work” is still ahead of him and his team, said new coach Oliver Glasner after the 2: 3 test match defeat against Racing Strasbourg.
It was the fourth test match of the SGE under Oliver Glasner, who took over the helm from compatriot Adi Hütter this summer. First impressions of the game idea under Glasner and of the winners of the preparation so far have already been obtained.
It turns out quite clearly that Eintracht will also accumulate under Glasner in a 3-4-3 system. However, there are signs of a serious change compared to the previous year. There is no “lighthouse” in the Sturmspitze, emphasized Glasner. In other words, a real goalscorer who is mainly in front of the opponent’s box and acts as a fixed pass point in the center.
Silva successor Rafael Borré will not be either. The Colombian is much more on the road than his Portuguese predecessor and is not always found in the center of the storm. Glasner wants to adapt his own offensive game accordingly. Two tens will probably be used behind or next to Borré.
And so Glasner’s harmony is likely to be even more unpredictable. Whether the plan will work will be seen by the end of August at the latest, when the first games in the cup and the league have been played. The desired team at the start of the season could look like this:
Staff: Kevin Trapp, Jens Grahl, Diant Ramaj
The situation in goal is clear: Kevin Trapp is the clear number one. Two new goalkeepers were signed behind the national goalkeeper. The future should belong to Diant Ramaj. The 19-year-old came to the Main from FC Heidenheim. With Jens Grahl (came from VfB) an experienced alternative is available.
But the difference in quality is enormous. Everyone in Frankfurt will hope that Trapp will get through the season without injuries and deliver a consistent lap similar to last year.
Personal: Evan N’Dicka, Martin Hinteregger, Tuta, Stefan Ilsanker, Makoto Hasebe, Felix Irorere, Fynn Otto
Seven players are available on paper for the three positions in the three-man defense chain, although the youngsters Irorere and Otto are not yet a serious option. Rather, the defensive trio N’Dicka, Hinteregger, Tuta should be quite clear at the beginning, if all three should start the season fit.
Ilsanker and Hasebe are experienced alternatives that can also be used in midfield. Eintracht seems to be well cast here. Almamy Touré would also be an option for the triple chain. In the tests, Glasner also tried veteran Chandler in defense.
Personal: Filip Kostic, Christopher Lenz, Danny da Costa, Erik Durm, Almamy Touré, Timothy Chandler, Steven Zuber
The choice for the two wing positions is abundant. In any case, Glasner believes in the whereabouts of the original king Filip Kostic. “I assume that Filip won’t go,” said the SGE coach (via FR). With Steven Zuber, on the other hand, there is still a lot to be said for saying goodbye. If there is a corresponding offer, the Swiss can leave.
If Kostic stays, he is of course placed on the left, even if Union Berlin has signed a strong alternative in Christopher Lenz. On the right-hand side, four players are fighting for the starting eleven. It is still difficult to predict who has the best chance of playing against Mannheim and a week later on the 1st Bundesliga matchday.
Since Touré is currently injured, it comes down to da Costa or Durm. After the successful loan to Mainz, da Costa could immediately beckon a place in the starting line-up. On the left will play against Mannheim Lenz, as Kostic is still suspended in the cup.
Personal: Sebastian Rode, Djibril Sow, Makoto Hasebe, Stefan Ilsanker, Rodrigo Zalazar, Ajdin Hrustic, Nils Stendera
Another exciting position in the Eintracht line-up. There are also numerous interesting alternatives in the middle of the field. Sow finally got going in the last second half of the season and has had a strong European Championship behind him. Rode – if fit – is and will remain a strong option. With Hasebe and Ilsanker Glasner also has two defensively strong all-rounders.
The personalities of Zalazar and Hrustic are also really exciting. The former was able to gain a lot of self-confidence on his loan to St. Pauli. The second is considered THE winner of the preparation so far. In his new role, the Australian has so far been convincing across the board. As the icing on the cake, Hrustic scored a double against Strasbourg.
According to the impressions so far, Glasner could count on the duo Rode-Hrustic to start. Fighting players who definitely have qualities with the ball. Sooner or later, however, Sow will forcefully push into the starting line-up.
Staff: Daichi Kamada, Amin Younes, Jesper Lindström, Aymen Barkok, Rafael Borré, Goncalo Paciencia, Ragnar Ache, Ali Akman, Erique Garcia, Martin Pecar, Fabia Blanco
Eleven players for three positions. Glasner can fall back on a few options in his offensive row of three. Loan returnees Paciencia doesn’t seem to have any good cards. The Portuguese would be the only attacker in the squad who could serve as a “beacon”. In the storm center, Glasner will most likely rely on a more flexible number nine. Borré is of course the number one candidate. Behind it lurk the talents Akman and Vengeance. At only 16 years of age, Garcia should be slowly introduced.
In the friendly matches Glasner also tried Barkok and Lindström as a kind of “false nine”. The SGE coach seems to be focusing on creativity and want to set up the offensive very flexibly.
Two playmakers are planned behind the striker, each of whom should mainly be in the half-spaces. With Younes and Kamada (they should stay) there are prominent top dogs in these positions. But newcomer Lindström also has good cards for playing time. Who will play against Waldhof remains to be seen. Borré will start training on Tuesday and will have the Copa America under his belt. Sooner or later, however, the king’s transfer of the summer will be the clear number one in the storm.
It is quite possible that Glasner will only plan to start the Bundesliga with Borré and bet on Lindström or Barkok against Waldhof.